A Newham school rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted has taken its reputation for strict exam revision up a notch. 

Forest Gate Community School has ranked in the top 50 UK schools in the country for GCSE results for the past seven years in a row.

Forest Gate's year 11 students are required to attend school at 7am and revise past 4.30pm each day in the run-up to their GCSEs. 

The school is now extending the compulsory revision to all year groups - including those in year 7 at just age 11. 

Executive headteacher Thahmina Begum said: “Our students face very specific challenges that are best addressed, in our view, by a gold standard education.

“It means starting students as young as 11 on our grade 9 English and maths pathway.

Newham Recorder: Thahmina Begum believes starting early will mean their students are twice as likely to score top grades than those without the early helpThahmina Begum believes starting early will mean their students are twice as likely to score top grades than those without the early help (Image: Tom Barnes)

"If a student from Forest Gate gets a 9 in maths or English it means significantly more for their future life chances than it does for a student in more affluent areas.

“Our students don’t have parents with a professional network of contacts. They have to strive for the top on their own. Without top grade in their GCSE they fall at the first hurdle."

The school is part of the Community Schools Trust, that also runs Cumberland Community School in Plaistow, and Waterside Academy in Hackney. 

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Simon Elliott, chief executive of the Community Schools Trust, said: "Our schools are in Hackney and Newham, our parents can’t afford private tutors like they can in [...] other parts of London like Hampstead or Richmond.

“These are hardworking working class people, many are from immigrant backgrounds. 

“We will not allow these children to be left behind, to be marginalised."

The move will see students in year 7 attending weekly revision sessions to practise their exam and study techniques for English and maths. 

Progress will be monitored by the school through student quizzes to make sure information is being retained. 

Ms Begum said: "I don’t think you need a crystal ball to confidently predict that these 11 year olds will be significantly better equipped when taking their exams because of this early intervention.

“They are in my view twice as likely to get the top grade than those who have not received this extra support."