Education in Newham
Newham is a vibrant inner-city borough just 25 minutes from the centre of London. Nearly half the population are from BAME communities, contributing to over 114 languages being spoken in the area. Proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures across the country, Newham is a borough which makes living, teaching and learning such a great experience. We have a total of 99 state funded schools, with many achieving a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
- 7 maintained nursery schools
- 67 primary schools, including infant and junior schools (31 academies)
- 17 secondary schools, including one University Technical College (9 academies)
- 4 ‘all through’ schools (all academies)
- 1 Pupil Referral Unit (maintained)
- 1 Alternative Provision School (academy)
- 10 further education and sixth form colleges (6 of which are within secondary schools)
Current educational performance
- Educational outcomes in Newham schools are above the national average, and gaps between low-income students and their more affluent peers are narrower than the national averages and Newham’s statistical neighbours.
- Both Newham academies and maintained schools are high performing and some are among the best in the country for pupil progress and attainment.
Existing support to schools
- Partnership arrangements with maintained schools and academies have developed over the past 12 months or so. There are a number of existing forums where officers and headteachers work together, facilitated by the Newham Association of Nursery and Primary Headteachers (NANPH) and Newham Association of Secondary Headteachers (NASH) and reporting through a regular Education Partnership Conference.
- The council’s service offer to schools is split across in-house and contracted out support; and a mixture of services with statutory services free to maintained schools and other services traded.
- Business and school support services (such as HR, governor, ICT, finance and health and safety support) are currently provided by Newham Partnership Working (NPW)
- School improvement is provided through a commissioned team of 11 School Improvement Advisers from the Kaizen Teaching School to work with schools (both maintained and academies) to ensure sustained and continued improvements in education, including for pupils with special education and higher needs, and to meet its statutory duties.
- In order to unite and support maintained schools a specific partnership, Newham Learning, has been established and is just beginning its work. The partnership’s work is predicated on the use of evidence-based research to develop practice across the borough.
Did you know?
- Newham has a young and diverse population, with significant levels of deprivation.
- Newham is the 67th most deprived local authority in England. 52% of children live in poverty after housing costs and 31% before.
- 93, 200 of Newham’s 364,300 residents are children and young people (under 19).
- 83% of children are from ethnic minority groups.
- Our young population is growing with increasing demand for services
- There are 408 children in care
- 362 Children are on child protection plan
- On average 1445 contacts to Triage every month (not inc Apr due to Covid)
- On average 3430 cases known to social care at any one time