Elizabeth Garrett Anderson is a great local school which serves a very mixed community in Islington, North London. It was great to see that Michelle Obama
went out of her way in a very busy State visit, to meet up with the girls from this vibrant, aspirational school for the second time . She met them first in 2009 at the school, has stayed in touch and yesterday met the girls when they were visiting Oxford University. EGA shows what can be done within the local authority maintained sector. The school was judged "outstanding" in its last Ofsted inspection
because its students, who come from very diverse background ( nine out of ten from minority ethnic families, over 50% eligible for free school meals) make excellent progress. Parents say it has transformed the lives of their daughters and the leadership of the Head, Jo Dibb, was judged 'remarkable'. Given all the negative coverage we receive about our state schools, we should be thanking Mrs Obama for drawing attention to so much that is good in our education system. What a shame it took a visiting foreign dignitary to do this.