THE LATEST performance tables from the Department of Education have revealed Waltham Forest’s best and worst performing schools.

Rankings across the country have been upended as the government’s new performance measure boosts schools that dramatically improve results among their pupils.

The tables, published on Thursday (January 19), including 2016’s GCSE exams, are ranked by its new Progress 8 measure.

Progress 8 aims to measure how well a school is educating its pupils by looking at where they started and where they end up.

It does this by looking at results in eight GCSE, or equivalent, subjects from grade A*-G for each pupil.

These results are then compared against the results of other pupils who came into secondary schools nationally with the same attainment levels.

A figure for those results across the school year group is then calculated.

Progress 8 scores generally fall somewhere between -1 and 1.

The best achieving school in Waltham Forest was Walthamstow School for Girls, in Church Hill, Walthamstow.

It recorded a 0.63 Progress 8 score, placing it 77th nationally.

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Students celebrating their results at Walthamstow School for Girls

The worst performing was Rushcroft Foundation School, in Rushcroft Road, Chingford.

It recorded a -0.16 Progress 8 score, placing it 2,097th nationally.

Full table below ranks Waltham Forest's secondary schools from best to worst.

1. Walthamstow School for Girls, Walthamstow, Progress 8: 0.63

2. Connaught School for Girls, Leytonstone, Progress 8: 0.59

3. Buxton School, Leytonstone, Progress 8: 0.59

4. George Mitchell School, Leyton, Progress 8: 0.53

5. Kelmscott School, Walthamstow, Progress 8: 0.49

6. Lammas School and Sixth Form, Leyton, Progress 8: 0.49

7. Willowfield Humanities College, Walthamstow, Progress 8: 0.31

8. Norlington School and 6th Form, Leyton, Progress 8: 0.28

9. Walthamstow Academy, Walthamstow, Progress 8: 0.21

10. Chingford Foundation School, Chingford, Progress 8: 0.21

11. Leytonstone School, Leytonstone, Progress 8: 0.15

12. Heathcote School & Science College, Chingford, Progress 8: 0.14

13. Highams Park School, Highams Park, Progress 8: 0.12

14. Holy Family Catholic School, Walthamstow, Progress 8: 0.09

15. Frederick Bremer School, Walthamstow, Progress 8: 0.04

16. Rushcroft Foundation School, Chingford, Progress 8: -0.16

Headteacher at Walthamstow School for Girls, Meryl Davies, said results are an important measure, but measuring progress is a much fairer way of assessing the impact each school has on a child’s learning. 

She added: “The girls worked hard for their success in the summer, with the support of all the staff at Walthamstow School for Girls, they really deserved these excellent results.

“We are so proud.

“Waltham Forest secondary schools continue to work closely together to support each other to raise attainment throughout the borough.”