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COMMENT: ‘I’ve no doubt that this year’s A-level results will be great’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 August 2014

Cllr Claire Kober, leader of Haringey Council, is wishing everyone the best of luck.

Cllr Claire Kober, leader of Haringey Council, is wishing everyone the best of luck.

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Cllr Claire Kober, leader of Haringey Council, wishes the borough’s A-level students luck as they pick up their results today.

Today is a huge day for Haringey’s many hundreds of sixth form students, as they finally receive their A-level results after many weeks of anxious waiting – and many months of hard work.

The very best of luck – and congratulations – to everyone heading out to collect their grades today and good luck as well in the next stage of your life, whether that is going to university, further training or trying to make your way in the world of work.

I’d also like to say good luck in advance to the thousands of students in Haringey who will collect their GCSE results this time next week.

Last year saw local children buck the national trend to deliver the borough’s best ever results across the board – at Key Stage 2, GCSE and A-level and I’ve no doubt that this year’s results will be great.

I hope also that this year’s results will help really demonstrate to young people across the borough that being educated in Haringey can open the door to so many exciting opportunities.

We made a commitment to doing everything we can to ensure that all of our schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted by 2016 and I’m delighted at the progress that has already been made towards that ambitious goal.

Each one of the borough’s 11 secondary schools, where thousands of students will be opening their results this week and next – has an Ofsted rating of at least ‘good’ and the primary schools are also making great strides, with more and more earning top ratings from inspectors.

That success is undoubtedly down to the very hard work of pupils, teachers, parents, carers and school governors whose shared dedication to quality education is helping to improve the life chances of thousands of Haringey’s young people.

Building on the achievements of so many of our schools, last term saw celebrations across the borough as excellent teaching, leadership and pupil performance helped deliver further glowing reports from inspectors.

This fantastic performance of Haringey’s family of schools is great news for young people. I hope it will also offer reassurance for the parents and carers of children applying for a school place when the admissions process opens next month that they can be confident of their child having access to a good education, whichever school they go to.

We’re proud that Haringey’s schools are so popular and we understand that demand for places is high, which is why we’re working so closely with schools and education experts to make sure the rising need can be met through new schools and extra places.

We’ve been consulting with parents, carers and school staff about possible expansion at St James’ CE primary in Muswell Hill, St Mary’s CE primary in Hornsey and Bounds Green infant and junior schools so that we can deliver extra places where they are needed most, with the confidence that all three of these schools already have strong Ofsted ratings.

Together we can build on the successes already enjoyed by the borough’s schools and help even more of Haringey’s children have the best in education.

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