17 August 2017
From the office of the Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without
The Temple – Chancery Lane – Holborn – Smithfield
RE: CITY LIVERY SCHOOL SUCCESS A REFLECTION OF THE UNTOLD STORY OF CITY GIVING
An untold story of City of London giving is the work done in schools sponsored or run by City Livery companies. Great financial and other support given by the City liveries and City workers.
As a Leathersellers’ Company governor of Prendergast School, part of the Leathersellers’ Federation of five state schools in Lewisham, I am delighted the school has announced today significantly improved A Level results this year. Over 27% achieved A* and A grades or equivalents and 48% achieved B grades or better, which means students wishing to take places in Russell Group universities have been more successful. Impressively 28 subjects, including English, Biology, French, Geography, Italian, Physics, Spanish, Music and Textiles, had a 100% pass rate.
Individual students have done exceptionally well. Ruby Gaffney (A*, A*, A) to Oxford University to read English and Aizraelle Clark-Headley (A*,A*,A) to Cambridge to read Human, Social and Political Science. Some of the top achievers also include Tian Gan 3 A*s going to UCL to read Engineering and Tilly Quartano (3 A*s) to Manchester University to read Medicine.
I am pleased that so many students have done so well. This is a credit to the support given to them by their hard working Heads, teachers and their parents. But the Leathersellers’ Federation enjoys the services of governors working in the City who give significant amounts of time and expertise freely. The Leathersellers’ Federation schools in southeast London include students from some of the most challenging backgrounds. The Leathersellers’ Company is not unique amongst the City Liveries involved in state education, School governorship is a demanding but rewarding role in which City workers play a key role.
Notes for editors:
There are at present five educational entities in the Federation: Prendergast School, Prendergast Ladywell School, Prendergast Vale School, Prendergast Sixth Form College and Prendergast Primary School. The Leathersellers’ Company provides Foundation Governors to the schools, as well as regular financial support, with the aim of improving the quality of education in a Federation of Schools that encompasses approximately 2400 pupils. The Leathersellers’ Federation develops the vision of Joseph Prendergast who founded Lewisham’s first girls’ secondary school in 1890, on a site provided by the Leathersellers’ Company. END.