Fiona Mactaggart has congratulated Slough schools and our college for helping children who receive free school meals to do well. More than a third of such pupils in Slough get 5 GCSEs at A*to C and Slough is in the top 20 towns in the country for 19year olds who had been eligible for free school meals achieving level 2 qualifications including English and maths.
“When I took responsibility for leading a team of educators and businesses working with Slough Council to improve skills and entrepreneurship in the town we identified the gap in qualifications as a key reason why residents in Slough were not earning as much as many people who work in the town” said Fiona. “These latest figures from Ofsted show we are making real progress towards the goal of getting qualified residents and doing better than most other places in the country.
“Free school meals are one way of identifying children from relatively poor families and it is important that they get a chance to fulfill their potential. In Slough that is more likely to be the case than in other parts of the country”