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What is the London Schools Gold Club?

The Mayor’s London Schools Gold Club is an annual scheme which celebrates and shares exceptional practice in London’s primary and secondary schools.

What does the Gold Club do?

The Gold Club scheme:

  • champions these exceptional London schools with a Mayoral Award
  • works with the schools to identify what has made the difference for their school
  • helps the schools share this practice and their experience with other London schools
  • is made up of members - schools that have succeeded against the odds in improving pupils' aspirations and achievements

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Sharing this learning

A school-to-school programme of events, allowing schools across London to learn from Gold Club schools that ‘buck the trend’. This ‘bucking the trend’ relates to schools that are able to overcome disadvantage and low prior attainment to produce exceptional results.

Funded by the Mayor, this learning programme is a free opportunity to find out what Gold Club schools are doing to make a difference for their pupils and how they’re doing it.

The seminars and visits have already started to have an impact on the teachers who have attended, described in the videos.


Why was the Gold Club created?

The Gold Club is based on the belief that all schools can aspire to attain excellence for all their pupils, whatever their circumstances.

The message to London schools is:

  • children with pupil premium funding should be doing at least as well as the national average
  • for primary schools Level 5 or above is the benchmark, not Level 4. Even with a high proportion of children with pupil premium funding, the numbers achieving Level 5 should be high

Origins of the Gold Club

The concept of the Gold Club came from the Mayor’s education inquiry (2011-12) and the independent panel’s final report – ‘Going for Gold: Turning achievement into excellence in London’s schools’.

The ten month inquiry investigated the successes and challenges for London schools. It found that London state schools have made great strides in the last decade. From being amongst the lowest performing in the country many have improved faster and are now better, on the whole, than schools in the rest of the country.

Yet if London is to succeed as a global centre of business, science and culture, we need a highly educated and qualified workforce that can get the jobs our economy will create in the future. Our schools need to match the success of schools in other international cities.

The report advocated building on the existing collaboration between schools to develop the Gold Club. As such, we have aligned the scheme with the London Leadership Strategy, headteachers involved in the National College for Teaching & Leadership and other networks.