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Every primary school in SE26 and SE23 passes literacy and numeracy benchmark, many with flying colours.

This year’s primary school tests (showing basic numeracy and literacy amongst pupils) have resulted in every local primary schools in our area passing the government’s benchmark.

Under new rules, all schools are supposed to ensure at least 60 per cent of 11-year-olds reach the standard expected for their age group in English and Maths.

Every school in SE26 and SE23 passed this standard and most exceeded the benchmark by a pleasingly large score. 1,000 primaries (around 12% of the total) failed to make the mark.

Here are the results for local schools showing the combined scores for English and Maths (60% is the benchmark)

Fairlawn SE23 3SB                                92%

Our Lady & St Philp Neri SE26 5SE        91%

Stillness SE23 1NH                                  89%

St William of York SE23 1PS                 84%

Dalmain SE23 1AS                                   83%

St Barts SE26 4LJ                                     79%

Adamsrill SE26 4AQ                               78%

Holy Trinity SE23 3HZ                           77%

St Francesca Cabrini SE23 3LE           75%

Haseltine SE26 5AD                                  74%

Alexandra SE26 5DS                                68%

Perrymount SE23 2PX                            62%

Kilmorie SE23 2SP                                     60%

Please note: some schools boycotted tests this year following industrial action by the National Union of Teachers and National Association of Head Teachers, giving these schools scores of “zero” on all measures.

Forest Hill School falls £1m into debt

Forest Hill School in Mayow Road reported a £615,000 loss last year and the school expects to lose a further £557,000 this year. This startling news was given to Lewisham Mayor and Cabinet at their meeting on the 1st December. 

The school was recently rebuilt under a PFI budget and the school had overestimated the income they would receive under the terms of that budget. The school  also found that the arrangement where they managed the shared sports facilities on behalf of the council unsustainable, and Lewisham has now assumed direct management of these facilities.

 The M&C agreed that Forest Hill School should have a licensed deficit budget of £557,000 this year on condition that the school brings the budget back into a surplus position within a three year period. The maximum period in law allowed for a secondary school to be in deficit is 5 years. 

The school aims bring its finances back into line by making the following cuts: 

  • The Senior Leadership Team by one post
  • The teaching staff by 1.4 FTE
  • 2.6 FTE Learning Support Assistants
  • A Learning Mentor has been identified for redundancy.
  • Several experienced teachers have been replaced with teachers on lower points, while Recruitment and Retention Incentives have been withdrawn
  • Lunchtime Supervisors have been reduced in number by 4.
  • Following a resignation, two posts have been amalgamated while one administrative post (0.6) has been identified for redundancy.
  • Reducing the working week to 25 periods.

Forest Hill School has a high reputation locally and a strong academic record. Last year, 50% of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs Grade C or above including English and Maths – results which are above the national average.


For details of the report to Mayor& Cabinet see: