Doomed Blackheath Bluecoat school praised for work with disadvantaged pupils

Pupils at Blackheath Bluecoat

Pupils at Blackheath Bluecoat

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A SCHOOL forced to close by Greenwich Council has been praised by the government for its work with disadvantaged youngsters.

Blackheath Bluecoat has received a letter from the Minister of State for Schools David Laws, congratulating them on being in the country's top 3 per cent for Pupil Premium youngsters' progress.

It follows last year's GCSEs which saw record results for the fourth year in a row - 71 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths.

Writing to headteacher Barnaby Ash, Mr Laws said: "It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged young people with a good start in adult life and a strong springboard into the next stage of their education, and the world of work."

But despite the results, Bluecoat - whose former students include Stephen Lawrence and Rio Ferdinand - will shut in August over a financial deficit and falling pupil numbers.

A 'finale' will be held on June 21 from 2pm to 5pm, starting with  a service of thanksgiving led by the Rt Rev Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Woolwich.

To attend, call  020 8269 4300 or email bbcsthefinale@bbcs.greenwich.sch.uk

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1:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Not the only school with disadvantaged kids, most of the schools in the area seem to Harbour them. If they behaved well to start of with, and paid attention, they wouldn't be disadvantaged would they?
Not the only school with disadvantaged kids, most of the schools in the area seem to Harbour them. If they behaved well to start of with, and paid attention, they wouldn't be disadvantaged would they? sarfflondonbird
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