Children at secondary schools in Greenwich are performing worse than their counterparts across London and nationwide, latest figures show.

At a meeting of Greenwich Council’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel, the performance of pupils at secondary schools was flagged as not meeting the required standards.

The average score of students taking their A-levels in Greenwich is going up, but they are still well below national average.

The average point score per A-level student in Greenwich is 26.9 compared to 31.2 in London and 32.2 nationwide.

In 2016, 40 per cent of A-levels taken by Greenwich pupils achieved A*-B, compared with 38 per cent in 2015. Nationally, the figures were 54 per cent in 2016 and 53 per cent in 2015

Meanwhile the percentage of pupils achieving between A* and C grades in both English and maths at GCSE levels is almost six per cent lower than the average in London.

60.8 per cent of students achieved A* - C grades at this level compared to 66.5 per cent across London in 2015/16, with the national average being 59.3 per cent.

There are similar figures for students taking the English Baccalaureate, with the percentage of students achieving A* - C grades in English, maths, two sciences, a humanity and a language being 26.6 per cent with the London average being 31.9 per cent.

Councillor Miranda Williams, cabinet member for children and young people said that they are still “proud” of the borough’s secondary schools and maintained that they have a strong track-record on academic performance.

Cllr Williams said: “We are proud that the borough’s secondary schools have a strong track-record on academic performance, with a higher proportion of pupils achieving A*-C in English and Maths than their peers nationally.

"Our pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds also achieve higher than disadvantaged pupils across England.

"However, we have high aspirations for Greenwich children and want to see more of them achieving their full potential.

"We are working with schools to increase pupil progress, particularly in Maths, and ensuring that our schools offer the best learning facilities for our young people to grow and academically flourish”