In 2014, Hounslow's Labour-led council pledged to invest in education and to provide a better choice of schools for local children, and that’s what we’ve done.
Through Labour Councillors’ hard work, 100% of children are given school places, with 80% at one of their three top choices. We are now one of few Boroughs in London where there is not a single failing school, and the number of schools in the Borough rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ has risen from 75% to a fantastic 94.7%.
Responding to need for school places, we have created over 5,000 primary school places and 2,500 secondary school places. Four special schools have also been expanded, and the Council has facilitated several free schools opening.
Labour have seen excellent attainment across age groups. The borough is in the top 20 nationally for free childcare places for eligible 2 year olds, and 'Good' and 'Outstanding' Ofsted inspection ratings of Early Years provision in Hounslow has increased from 85% to 95%. Further down the line, children in Hounslow are making more progress by Key Stage 2 in writing and mathematics than similar children nationally. In the past four years we have also seen young people's A Level grades in the borough increase.
We are also proud to have been tackling attainment gaps for key groups, meaning we have closed the gaps in performance between girls and boys, pupils on free school meals, and children with special education needs.
We have been working hard to support young people in the borough who face a range of difficulties. Projects Labour have overseen include launching a commission into specialist housing provision for vulnerable older looked after children and care leavers and we are proud that 30 care leavers from the borough are now at university. We are delighted to have worked with the Youth Offending Service to ensure rapid support is provided to young offenders with significant mental health problems or speech and language difficulties.
Labour’s commitment to providing a good education for all children in the borough is unrivalled, and we want to continue this vital work.