LEWISHAM’S 11-year-olds are some of the best-performing in the country ranking fourth in England for their Key Stage 2 results.

There were 83 per cent of primary school children achieving the expected level for reading, writing and maths at Level 4 compared to 75 per cent nationally, according to the latest figures from the Department for Education.

While every single pupil at Grinling Gibbons Primary School, in Clyde Street, Deptford, gained the expected level or higher in all three tests.

Pupils on free school meals in the borough also beat the national average with 75 per cent gaining Level 4 or above compared to 63 per cent nationally.

Lewisham also ranked as the 10th best performing local authority in England for Level 5 with an average 27 per cent of children achieving this level compared to 21 per cent nationally and 25 per cent in London.

Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock said: “Our schools are showing that no matter where children start out in life, they can reach the highest levels of achievement.

"Our primary schools are giving children the start they need to go on to achieve highly in secondary schools and have the pick of the best jobs and universities in the future.

“I would like to pay tribute to the fantastic headteachers, teachers, other staff and governors in our vibrant and exciting schools.

"They have the highest expectations for our children and that’s why Lewisham has among the best results in the country."

While Lewisham Council cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Helen Klier added: “I’m delighted that Lewisham’s primary schools are performing so well.

“Particular congratulations must go to Grinling Gibbons. To get 100 per cent of pupils achieving Level 4 or higher in reading, writing and Mathematics is outstanding. My thanks to all the staff and governors at our schools whose hard work has made it all possible.”