A SCHOOL forced to close by Greenwich Council has been praised by the government for its work with disadvantaged youngsters.
Blackheath Bluecoat has received a letter from the Minister of State for Schools David Laws, congratulating them on being in the country's top 3 per cent for Pupil Premium youngsters' progress.
It follows last year's GCSEs which saw record results for the fourth year in a row - 71 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths.
Writing to headteacher Barnaby Ash, Mr Laws said: "It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged young people with a good start in adult life and a strong springboard into the next stage of their education, and the world of work."
But despite the results, Bluecoat - whose former students include Stephen Lawrence and Rio Ferdinand - will shut in August over a financial deficit and falling pupil numbers.
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