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Outstanding Achievements of Leys Primary School Recognised by the Mayor of London


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has celebrated the outstanding performance of Leys Primary School in Barking & Dagenham 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.


Leys Primary School has been recognised for outstanding pupil progress and ensuring the:

· embedding of a culture of resilience & aspiration

· commitment to improving the emotional health and wellbeing of the whole school community

· securing of high expectations & outcomes in behaviour, safeguarding & attendance

· prioritising of basic knowledge acquisition and systematic reading practices

· establishing of collective core values for effective teaching & learning



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 ceremony was hosted on Friday (27th) by Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney.


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’d like to congratulate the staff of Leys Primary School 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.”


Richard Gough, Deputy Headteacher, said: “It was an honour for our school to be recognised at this prestigious event. The award is testament to all of our staff’s hard work, our pupils’ resilience and our community’s growing aspirational mindset. We are all very proud.

  • “I am very happy with Leys. My daughter’s progress at this school is amazing, I think the teachers are amazing.” (Parent)
  • “I’m starting to love this school! You all have made such great progress and I urge you: Keep up the great work!” (Parent)
  • “The Leys Primary School is a happy and caring place.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils are considerate of each other’s happiness.” (OFSTED)
  • An outstanding learning environment. All the children were engaged with their learning. A very friendly staff. (Borough Adviser)
  • “Pupils behave well in lessons and are respectful and polite around the school.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils respond well to the high expectations of the school.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils enjoy learning and are rightly proud of their work.” (OFSTED)