We are delighted that Robin Hood Junior School has been celebrated under a new programme set up by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to recognise exceptional schools in the capital. Schools for Success is part of the Mayor's drive to help tackle education inequality and increase standards for all school children across the capital, whatever their background.
Schools for Success celebrates schools that are achieving academic success with all their pupils, in particular disadvantaged or vulnerable students who started off behind their peers, or those affected by circumstances that could have an impact on their learning. In 2016 there were more than 39,000 pupils at the end of primary school and 30,000 at the end of secondary school who did not reach expected levels.
The new programme creates a network for these schools to share best practice with others across London through events, school visits and online profiles. More than 100 eligible schools are invited to join the programme, with 27 boroughs represented at this year’s Awards. This cohort, refreshed annually, represents approximately six per cent of the capital’s schools.
Robin Hood Junior School has been recognised in the Schools for Success Awards because we have listened to our pupils who said that teacher led interventions and individual learning conversations helped them the most. We invested heavily in this. Reading is promoted by an author in residence programme, which runs to provide ongoing feedback and support for individual pupils. We bought into a Storyhunters project, providing new books for reluctant readers and supporting this with regular in school reading sessions and liaison with parents. We have built a library and introduced paired and reciprocal reading.
We have tackled emotional barriers through ELSA, Friendship Groups, Art Therapy and an Inclusion mentor. We have invested in EAL dual language resources and been involved in a pilot support project which we are now extending. This has led to improved engagement in reading, which has had a subsequent impact on writing for targeted groups. We have excellent EAL progress.
Mrs Broers, Head Teacher, says, “We are delighted that the Mayor of London is supporting schools in the work they do, every day, for all the young people in their care. Every child who comes to our school deserves the opportunity to succeed and the whole team works tirelessly to support them. We love being at the centre of a diverse and engaged community of children, parents and staff”.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Congratulations to Robin Hood Junior School for its outstanding achievements and for the hard work of its pupils and teaching staff. London has some of the best schools in the country, and Schools for Success shows the huge difference good quality teaching can make to pupils who started off behind in their studies. By sharing best practice with other schools across the capital, we can help every young Londoner reach their full potential, and ensure no child is left behind.”
102 schools have been recognised in Schools for Success, the first year of the scheme. They are being asked to share their good practice through seminars and hosting visits to their school so that other schools can learn from their successful approaches.