Croydon has one of the lowest GCSE maths and English pass rates in London – South London News

By Tara O’Connor, Local Democracy Journalist

Croydon has one of the lowest maths and English pass rates in London, according to new data.

The ‘poverty profile’ shows that the percentage of 19-year-olds in Croydon without passes in the two key subjects is higher than in many other London boroughs.

The profile is compiled by the anti-poverty charity Trust for London, which works to tackle inequality in the capital.

He said: “While Croydon has higher rates than the London average for housing affordability and housing delivery, for example, it has among the lowest levels for GCSE achievement and among the lowest levels highest infant mortality rates.

In Croydon, only 70% of pupils passed the GCSE in maths and English, compared to an average of 75% in London.

Figures are based on 19-year-olds living in the borough in 2021 who achieved a passing grade in math and English.

Neighboring Sutton was better than the London average with 84.8 per cent getting the marks. He came out on top in the whole of the capital.

When the latest GCSE results were released in August, Croydon council said its English and maths results were in line with a national drop of 3% in results.

The board said work was underway to improve the results, with this year’s results an improvement on 2019.

He also had a higher level of 19-year-olds without a tier three qualification. In 2020/21, that figure was 33.6%, compared to an average of 24.4% in London.

A spokesperson for Croydon Council said: ‘The council and all of our schools are determined to continue to make positive improvements for pupils in Croydon, with a shared commitment to helping young people reach their full potential and fulfill their aspirations and their ambitions.

“We recognize that our results are below the London average and there is still work to be done – progress is already being made to close the gap, with the majority of our local schools performing better than in 2019.

“Students have had a tough few years during the pandemic and the results of this summer’s GCSE are a testament to their resilience and what we can achieve together.”

Top pictured: Croydon Town Hall (Photo: Grahame Larter)