Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Ministers praise academy results

GILLOTTS School in Henley has been congratulated by two ministers for its “excellent” GCSE results

GILLOTTS School in Henley has been congratulated by two ministers for its “excellent” GCSE results.

Nick Gibb, minister for school reform, and David Laws, minister for schools, both wrote to headteacher Catharine Darnton.

Last year 81 per cent of the 180 GCSE students at the Gillotts Lane academy school achieved five or more passes at grade C or above, including English and maths, breaking the previous year’s school record by almost 10 per cent.

Across all subjects 87 per cent of students gained five or more passes at A* to C.

The results put the school in the top 100 in the country for both non-selective state schools and A* to C passes in English, maths, science, computing, languages, geography and history.

In his letter, Mr Gibb said: “I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for all their hard work and to thank you personally for your leadership in continuing the drive towards ever higher academic standards.”

Mr Laws praised the improvement in the attainment of disadvantaged students at the school, who include children eligible for free school meals.

The school narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Pupil Premium Awards, which honour schools with the top-performing disadvantaged students and has a top prize of a £5,000 grant.

Mr Laws said: “Although you missed out on the awards this year, I hope that you can build on your success through the summer 2015 results.

“I would encourage you to share your achievements with other schools so that they can learn from your strengths and experience.”

Ms Darnton said: “This unprecedented recognition shows that the school’s success has been noticed at the highest levels.

“It goes without saying that we are all absolutely delighted to receive such recognition.”

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