Pupils’ performance in Hackney significantly above national levels

According to a recently released annual report, pupils' performance in Hackney has continued to improve in the last school year, with local schools faring well in all areas when compared to national levels. 

At Key Stage 2, Hackney is ranked sixth amongst 153 local authorities on the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined. Despite the disruptions of recent years and the negative effects of pandemic affecting this generation of children, 70 percent of Hackney pupils met all expected standards in 2023, ten percent above the national average and one percent up from the previous year.

On individual subjects, Hackney is ranked 14th for reading, 4th for writing and 11th for maths for the percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard. This is a significant increase from the 2019 pre-pandemic rankings, when Hackney placed 101st for reading, 10th for writing and 107th for maths. 

At Key Stage 4, 53.4 percent of pupils in Hackney achieved the level 5 in English and maths, almost eight percent above the national level of 45.5 percent. 

Hackney has been consistently in the top 75 percent of local authorities for the majority of key stage 4 outcomes over the period from 2018 onwards, and in the top 20 percent of local authorities in 2023 for all attainment and progress indicators. That means that Hackney children are consistently amongst the very best pupils in the country, both in terms of meeting the academic standards and when it comes to measuring their achievements over a period of time, such as from key stage 2 to key stage 4.

While results continue to vary between different groups of pupils, all children, independent of background, gender, level of need or ethnicity, outperformed the equivalent national cohort in 2023. Performance for disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs is also strong across all key stages compared to national averages.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor, Cabinet Member for Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care

We’re incredibly proud of our young people, who have shown us once again their ambition and hard work, reflected in their excellent school results, both at primary and secondary level. 

Their commitment is supported by the hard work and dedication in our schools, and the support from parents, carers and the community. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for more improvement. 

We want Hackney to be a place where every child has the chance to thrive and make the most out of the opportunities available to them, and we will continue to focus our time and resources investing in supporting the groups that need it the most. 

Pupils’ performance is only one of the areas where we want our schools to shine. We will continue to work hard to promote inclusivity and equity, to safeguard our children and young people, to help them follow their passions and be happy. This is part of our mission as a local authority, and one that we share with all of our talented educators.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor, Cabinet Member for Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care