Education in Hackney
Education in Hackney used to be synonymous with notorious failing schools like Hackney Downs, Kingsland and Homerton that let down generations of inner-city children.
The City Academies programme - there are going to be five in the borough - has helped transform that.
This week Mossbourne Academy, on the old Hackney Downs site, which is co-educational, non-denominational and has a comprehensive, mixed-ability intake, scored an extraordinary 84% A*-C GCSE pass rate. This is a school with a catchment area including estates like the Pembury with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the UK.
The Guardian has more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/28/mossbourne-academy-gcse-results
Congratulations to the pupils and staff on their achievement.