'Gold Club' status awarded to two local schools
Two schools from Wimbledon have been awarded Gold Club status under a scheme set up by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to recognise exceptional schools in the capital.
Ursuline High School and Wimbledon College have joined the Gold Club - part of the Mayor's drive to help drive up standards and raise attainment for all schoolchildren wherever they live in the capital and regardless of background.
The Gold Club celebrates schools that are achieving academic success with all their pupils, in particular those where they may be disadvantaged or be affected by circumstances that could have an impact on their learning.
In highlighting schools that are 'bucking the trend', particularly those with children on Pupil Premium or previously low attainment, the aim is to inspire others in London to strive for similar academic success and offer them the chance to learn the best practice in the classroom of the Gold Club schools.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) said: "Congratulations to all the schools that have been recognised by our Gold Club programme. The Gold Club is based on the belief that all schools can aspire to attain excellence for all their pupils, whatever their circumstances. London schools are already doing well when compared to the rest of the country, but each of our Gold Club schools are making even great strides with their pupils.
"There is no one size fits all approach to raising standards, but we hope other schools will be able to benefit as a result of seeing what others in the capital are doing to achieve academic excellence. I see Gold Club schools as exemplars because they enable terrific results for all their young people."
Almost 100 schools have been awarded Gold Club status in 2014, the second 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 a range of approaches that have delivered success and achieved extraordinary performance of their pupils.
October 10, 2014