Ofsted reports into Sir John Cass School and six independent schools in Tower Hamlets

Following the publication of Ofsted reports into Sir John Cass School and six independent schools in Tower Hamlets:

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow said:

“It has taken a generation to transform schools and raise educational standards in Tower Hamlets for the better with massive improvements  in results. In the early 1990s, only 15% of students in the borough got 5 or more GCSEs, it is now above the national average at 64%.  However, the Ofsted inspection reports have raised important concerns that need to be urgently addressed. The focus must now be on ensuring these schools, working with the Local Education Authority, Ofsted and DfE, take the necessary action to ensure the best possible education is provided for all young people in Tower Hamlets.”

Cllr. Rachael Saunders, Labour Lead on Tower Hamlets Council said:

“Many parents will be concerned about the education of their children in the light of this report. We will hold the council to account to ensure it now plays its part to address those concerns. The outstanding educational success stories of Tower Hamlets were built on young people, their families, teachers and communities coming together. That cohesion and sense of purpose must not be undermined as people respond to these findings.”

Cllr. Danny Hassell, a local councillor and Labour Group spokesperson on schools said:

“The council must ensure that the issues in these schools are addressed as a matter of urgency.  We know that improvements in our community schools are a result of the council working with governors, teachers and parents.  The council needs to ensure all council run schools are delivering a broad and balanced curriculum and intervening early where needed.”

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse said:

"This is not good news for Tower Hamlets and is especially disappointing given how well our mainstream schools are doing generally.‎ More criticism from Central Government gives a bad and false impression of our Borough"

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