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Tower Hamlets primary school named State Primary School of the Year 2021

Mayflower Primary School

Mayflower Primary School has been named The Sunday Times State Primary School of the Year 2021 by Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times and online on Sunday 22 November.

The 28th edition of Parent Power identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their most recently published exam results.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Congratulations to all of the staff at Mayflower Primary School. This year, we have learned the true value of our schools, not just as places of learning but as vital institutions that raise a generation of children whilst supporting entire communities. Nowhere is this truer than in Tower Hamlets.”

Mayflower Primary School tops The Sunday Times primary school rankings for the second year running.

Dee Bleach, headteacher of Mayflower Primary School, said: “We are incredibly proud of our school community and all those who support our school.”

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “No school in England achieved better SAT results this year than Mayflower and it has topped our state primary rankings for two years in succession, a rare feat – one even rarer for a school not in leafy, prosperous suburb. Mayflower Primary School serves its inner-city community with distinction, the head and teaching team committed to delivering the very best education for their children.

“The result is a vibrant school community, academically successful but also well-rounded by their engaging, stimulating and creative school experience. Mayflower is a template on which all schools should model themselves, showing just what can be achieved by always shooting for the stars. The head aims to “make learning irresistible” and the evidence suggests the school does exactly that.”


For more information about this release contact the London Borough of Tower Hamlets communications team on 020 7364 4389 or emailcommunications@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Notes to editors:

About Mayflower Primary School

Mayflower Primary School is located on Upper North Street, Poplar, London E14 6DU in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

It was known as Upper North Street School until the 1940’s. The current building dates from 1928, and the original school was destroyed during World War One by a bomb dropped on 13 June 1917. It was the first daylight air-raid which caused the death of 18 children and injured many others. The centenary of this event was marked on 15 June 2017 with a service at the nearby All Saint’s Church and a visit to the school from The Queen and Prince Philip.

To learn more about Mayflower Primary School, including contact information, visit their website: https://www.mayflower.towerhamlets.sch.uk/.

About Parent Power

Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools.

A fully searchable national database by school name, local authority, town and postcode, together with regional rankings are available to Times and Sunday Times subscribers at: thesundaytimes.co.uk/parentpower

As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally. There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports. 

Posted on Friday 20th November 2020