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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has celebrated the exceptional performance of Bishop Douglass Catholic School as part of his Schools for Success programme. The school has been honoured for its commitment to reducing educational inequality and attaining exceptional results for children of all academic abilities. Bishop Douglass has been awarded a certificate for its Progress 8 score in the 2019 results series.

Created in 2017, the Schools for Success programme was formed to enhance the support given to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme acknowledges primary and secondary schools that prioritise progress for their lowest attaining pupils. These schools are also excelling in their performance overall and are sharing their work with other schools through a series of webinars made available to all London schools.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate the staff of Bishop Douglass for their exceptional work. We created Schools for Success to recognise the positive impact that teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, support staff and governors are making every day to support students and reduce inequalities, and this school’s commitment to being supportive and inclusive sets a great example. COVID-19 has presented unforeseen challenges across our city, but Bishop Douglass has done a fantastic job in maintaining excellence during a very difficult time. Working together we can make sure that no young Londoner is left behind.’

The school’s headteacher, Martin Tissot, said: ‘Only about six per cent of London schools are eligible to be members of the Schools for Success programme, so we are delighted to have achieved this award.’

Image shows (L-R): Alan Bryant, Head of School at Salvatorian College (which is part of the Cardinal Hume Academies Trust along with Bishop Douglass), Joanne McCartney, Deputy Mayor and Michelle Henderson, Head of School at Bishop Douglass.