A pair of Harrow schools were honoured for their work to reduce educational inequality by the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan celebrated the outstanding performance of Heathland School and Whitefriars School in Harrow at the Schools for Success awards.

The schools, which together form the Heathland Whitefriars Federation, were recognised for their work to achieve exceptional results for children who were previously behind in their studies, and in promoting and supporting excellent progress for all pupils, whatever their starting points.

The Schools for Success programme was created by the Mayor in 2017 to improve the support given to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The programme recognises primary and secondary schools that ensure strong progress for their lowest attaining pupils, have strong overall performance and share their work with other schools.

The ceremony, on Friday September 27, was hosted by Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney.

Mr Khan said: “I’d like to congratulate the staff of the Heathland Whitefriars Federation for their excellent work. Schools for Success was created to celebrate the difference that teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and governors are making every day to support children and reduce inequalities, and these schools’ inclusive and supportive learning environments are a great example of this.

"London has the best schools and teachers in the country, and by working together we can make sure that no young Londoner is left behind.”

Executive head teacher Lucy Caswell said “This is the third year running that our federation schools have been recognised as Schools for Success.

"I am so proud of all of our utterly fabulous teachers and support staff who work so hard to promote inclusion and progress for all our learners. This is also a great big ‘Well done’ for our brilliant children and of course their families; our schools would not work without their positivity and support.”