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Sep 13 2013

Cllr Janet Mote: Harrow’s Education Doing Great

cllr_janet_moteDear Editor,

Over the past week Harrow’s young people have been heading back to school; with others going on to apprenticeships, work or a getting ready for the big move to university. As always, Harrow’s schools have had a busy and productive year. Hearty congratulations to both pupils and teachers are warranted for their exam results – from year 6 Pupils and some excellent KS2 results to GCSEs, where the percentage of those getting five A*-C grades including English and maths broke Harrow’s previous record. Stories of A Level success have been reported across the borough, too – with fully compiled results out soon.

Turning to the new school year, and the future of education in Harrow is about to start an amazing journey. We learned that Harrow Council’s plans to expand 13 primary schools will receive additional funding from the Government’s £820 million Targeted Basic Need Fund – with Harrow receiving all the funding it bid for. This is down to the hard work of Council officers in putting bids together, and the Government recognising our need. Perhaps more controversially, expansion plans for Vaughan and Marlborough Schools are set to go ahead – with local residents voicing their concerns about the impact of these rebuilds.

In the world of politics, there are lots of things which divide us, but also many things which bring us together; and I know that one thing shared across the political divide in Harrow is that we all want the very best for our young people. So with the new term now underway, we wish everyone in our schools, colleagues and educational institutions the very best for the year ahead.

Cllr. Janet Mote

Shadow Portfolio Holder for Schools

Harrow Council

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