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If you think you can, you can!

Top Schools in London recognised for their achievments!

Schools recognised for academic excellence and overcoming hardships

The Jack Petchey Foundation sponsored the Evening Standard Education Awards on the 14th November, which recognised the most outstanding state schools from across the capital.

The Foundation awarded each of the schools a cheque for a £1,000 in recognition and celebration of their achievements.

Education Secretary Michael Gove was on hand to present the awards, and encouraged the schoolchildren to follow Jack Petchey’s motto, if you think you can, you can.

He said, “Headteachers who work in state schools are the best in the world. London is a very special city in the world — in most capital cities the schools don’t tend to be as good as in other parts of the country.”

Members of the 2013-14 Jack Petchey Foundation Achiever's Network were also in attendance as representatives for the Foundation.

The awards recognised primary and secondary institutions in the capital for either excelling academically or achieving success against the odds, and were based on recent Ofsted reports. The ceremony, held at the Evening Standard headquarters in Kensington, was a joint celebration of the schools that won in 2012 and 2013.

Trudy Kilcullen, Chief Executive of the Jack Petchey Foundation said “Education is absolutely key to the development of individuals and society. That’s why we invest so much in trying to provide a rounded education for our youth.”

The schools recieving awards were:


Academic Excellence:

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Willesden; Beths Grammar School, Bexley


Outstanding Achievement in Challenging Circumstances:

Havelock Primary School, Southall; Harris Academy, Merton



Academic Excellence:

Gillespie Primary School, Islington; Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet


Outstanding Achievement in Challenging Circumstances:

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Battersea


Congratulations to all the schools' pupils and staff for their achievements!

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