Two Sutton schools have been recognised by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for the “exceptional” education they deliver.

The new annual programme Schools for Success was set up by the Mayor to celebrate the work of some of London’s best schools.

Robin Hood Junior School and St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls were both selected.

The scheme pays tribute to schools who achieve academic success, particularly with disadvantaged or vulnerable students.

Robin Hood Junior School head teacher Elisabeth Broers, said: “We are delighted that the Mayor of London is supporting schools in the work they do every day for all the young people in their care.

“Every child who comes to our school deserves the opportunity to succeed and the whole team works tirelessly to support them. We love being at the centre of a diverse and engaged community of children, parents and staff.”

The Thorncroft Road-based school encourages teacher led interventions and individual learning conversations.

A Storyhunters project was introduced to organises regular reading sessions for reluctant readers.

Mr Khan said: “Congratulations to Robin Hood Junior School for its outstanding achievements and for the hard work of its pupils and teaching staff.

“London has some of the best schools in the country, and Schools for Success shows the huge difference good quality teaching can make to pupils who started off behind in their studies.

“By sharing best practice with other schools across the capital, we can help every young Londoner reach their full potential, and ensure no child is left behind.”

This was the first year of the scheme with just six per cent of schools in the capital making the grade.

Winning schools are now being asked to share their achievements through seminars so others can benefit from their approach.

St Philomena’s, a catholic school for girls based in Carshalton, was also picked for the outstanding education it provides to students.

A spokeswoman from St Philomena's said: "Ms Noone, Headteacher is delighted with this achievement and accepted the Award at City Hall on behalf of the whole community, students, parents, teachers and governors, who have worked incredibly hard to help all our young people to achieve."

Schools for Success is part of Mr Khan’s ambition to combat education inequality and improve the standards of children from all backgrounds across London.