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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has praised Tower Hamlets schools for leading the way in encouraging children to live healthily. This news comes hot on the heels of the news announced by Ofsted that Tower Hamlets is among 9, out of 150 council’s in the country, whose secondary schools are all rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

Five schools in the borough were presented with awards as part of the launch of Healthy Schools London. The initiative – aimed at improving children’s health and achievement – was rolled out following a successful pilot scheme, which Tower Hamlets took part in.

Mr Johnson said: “Congratulations to the schools that have achieved bronze status in Tower Hamlets. I am delighted to support Healthy Schools London, which builds on the excellent efforts many of our schools are already making to tackle obesity and get our young people more active.’’

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was proud of the borough’s success.

He said: “I’m pleased that the Mayor of London has recognised the tremendous efforts being made here in Tower Hamlets to ensure our children are living healthy lives. We have continued to invest in our commitment to the Healthy Schools initiative, where other local authorities have cut theirs. As a result we know we have schools which are leading the way in healthy living. Our children are not only leaving school with an excellent education, as we saw from last week’s Ofsted report, but also vital life skills and the important habit of leading active, healthy lives.”

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Bringing nearly 1,600 new homes to Poplar – of which up to 698 will be affordable – the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Programme will transform the local area and have a lasting, positive impact on the lives of thousands of residents and people living in neighbouring areas. It has also just been listed as the 50th largest regeneration scheme in the country, in a ‘Top 100’ list compiled annually by Planning magazine. In addition to delivering much needed new homes, the scheme will transform public areas on the existing Robin Hood Gardens estate, create better transport links, improve community facilities by funding an expanded primary school, and deliver employment and training benefits for local people.

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Tower Hamlets has joined a select group of boroughs in the country whose secondary schools have all been rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

The education watchdog has this week announced that the performance of three schools – Bow School, George Green’s School and St Paul’s Way Trust School – has improved.

The announcement means that all 18 council-run secondary and special schools in the borough are classed as Good or Outstanding. Very few local authorities are in this position. The latest Ofsted figures, relating to August last year, showed just nine of the 150 local authority areas in England had a 100% record.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman hailed the fact that Tower Hamlets could now be counted as part of this prestigious group.

Mayor Rahman said:

“Education is one of my top priorities and we’ve invested a great deal in our schools in the past few years to make them among the best, so I’m delighted that our schools are now officially recognised among the very best in the country by Ofsted.”

Councillor Oliur Rahman, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, said:

“An awful lot of hard work and effort from a great many people has gone into transforming our schools. We can all be proud that Tower Hamlets is now a beacon of quality for educational excellence for our young people.”
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Notes to Editors:
For information about this press release contact Numan Hussain, Political Advisor to the Mayor, on 07508 352 023 or email numan.hussain@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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93 per cent of children starting primary school in September have gained a place at one of their top three school choices in Tower Hamlets under the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. From over 3300 applications received, 84 per cent of families secured a place at their first choice school. The percentage of successful first choices means that Tower Hamlets is well above the London average for the third year running.

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April 1 is traditionally the time for April Fool jokes. But for thousands of people in our borough experiencing life at the sharp end, the huge welfare changes announced by the Government on April 1 are no laughing matter. As Mayor, I am determined that my administration will do all it can to continue to protect the vulnerable in our borough. The council is now providing financial support to some of the most vulnerable residents through new Crisis and Support Grants.

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