London's Top School for Success
Outstanding Achievements Recognised by the Mayor of London
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has celebrated the outstanding performance of Paddington Academy in Westminster with an awards ceremony.
The school was honoured for its work to reduce educational inequality and achieve exceptional results for children who were previously behind in their studies, at a Schools for Success awards ceremony.
Paddington Academy has been recognised for its commitment to all its students, regardless of prior academic achievement, making exceptional progress. The school has been celebrated in particular for the outstanding support it provides to Year 11 students which last year included extensive intervention and mentoring programmes for students in the build up to their GCSEs. Todd Baker, who received the award on behalf of Paddington Academy in his role as Head of Year 11, said: “Our students worked phenomenally hard last year with the relentless support of our staff to ensure we achieved the best GCSE results we’ve ever had. It’s an honour to be recognised as one of London’s top schools for student success”.
The Schools for Success programme was created by the Mayor in 2017 to improve the support given to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme recognises primary and secondary schools that ensure strong progress for their lowest attaining pupils, has a strong overall performance and shares their work with other schools. The programme follows a rigorous eligibility criteria and only the top 6% of London schools are invited to be members of the Schools for Success programme.
The ceremony was hosted on Friday 27th September by Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’d like to congratulate the staff of Paddington Academy for their excellent work. Schools for Success was created to celebrate the difference that teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and governors are making every day to support children and reduce inequalities, and this school’s inclusive and supportive learning environment is a great example of this. London has the best schools and teachers in the country, and by working together we can make sure that no young Londoner is left behind.”
Peter Jones, Principal at Paddington Academy, said: "I am delighted that our school's consistent success was celebrated during the Mayor's awards ceremony. Our mission is to make sure children are well-educated and are able to live a happy and fulfilled life. The staff at Paddington are doing excellent work in encouraging every student to reach their full potential and our exams results have consistently improved for 13 consecutive years. We are committed to ensuring that every student, whatever their starting point, has the opportunity to succeed and this award is testament to this. I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work and commitment to our students."