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Troubled Chaucer school is Southwark’s most improved

Troubled Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College is celebrating a huge improvement in its key stage 3 results published this week.

The school, which was placed under 'special measures' last year, has proved to be the most improved Southwark school in the latest league tables for key stage 3 results.

The college has shown a massive 30 percentage point increase in English and 12 percentage point increase in maths, way exceeding the national average in the exams for 14-year-old pupils.

"The fact that Geoffrey Chaucer is among the most improved at key stage 3 illustrates that a lot of good work continues to go on at the college,"
says Alison Delyth, Southwark's director of education. "The results are testament to the hard work of the pupils and staff involved and will be an excellent boost to the college as it works hard to bring about further improvements."

"In fact, key stage 3 results across the borough have gone up at a rate that's above the national average, so congratulations should be extended to all Southwark schools, pupils and education staff.

"We have agreed with Ofsted that there is much room for improvement at Geoffrey Chaucer which is why I am personally chairing a specially appointed interim executive board to turn the school around and bring it back out of special measures. After just a few weeks with two of our specialist advisors in place there's already a detailed action plan and pupils are getting engaged in the future of their school, so we're confident that improvements will continue to take hold."

The council has appointed a schools advisor and school improvement team which is working to turn around the situation at Tower Bridge Primary School which is also subject to special measures.

Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College is subject to a planned merger with Joseph Lancaster Primary School to form a 3-19 City Academy.

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