Inner London pupils do worse at A-level than rest of the country


Teenagers taking A-levels at inner London schools do worse than their peers elsewhere in England despite outperforming them at earlier stages of education, research reported by the Evening Standard suggests.

The research by the New Schools Network and based on Department for Education data suggest that, although London children perform significantly above average when aged 11 to 16, their performance tails off at A-level.

The research reveals that only one in eight pupils in inner London passed three A-levels at grades AAB last year, compared with one in six pupils across England, meaning that at A-level, inner-London pupils lag behind the countrywide average by more than three percentage points.

But at GCSE and primary school levels, inner London pupils perform much better than the national average.

Across London as a whole, A-level performance is the same as the national average, despite exceptional performance in earlier education.

Nick Timothy, director of New Schools Network, said: “By this measure, inner London is falling behind all other regions in the country, including those in the North, contrary to typical trends in educational achievement.

“This analysis shows that despite improvements at key stage 2 and GCSE, we cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal if London is to continue being an educational success story.”