Why it matters

Christ Church C of E First School is playing its part in building a fairer society where all children from all backgrounds can make academic progress on the basis of their own abilities and efforts. We are committed to providing a world-class education for all, while increasing support for those who need it most
“ Between the ages of five and 16 children develop the knowledge, skills and aspirations that to a great extent determine their success in further or higher education and, ultimately, in the jobs market. The gaps in attainment between children from different backgrounds which open up in the Early Years continue to widen throughout school. Only 75% of the poorest children reach the expected level by the time they leave primary school, compared with 97% of the richest children. And just 20% of the poorest children gain five GCSEs at A*–C, including English and maths, compared to 75% of the richest children. ”   
Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility (HM Government, April 2011), page 35.
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