School delight after success in league tables

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TEACHERS are celebrating after one of the borough’s secondary schools was named among the most improved in the country.

Westleigh High School has seen a 35 per cent rise in the number of pupils gaining five or more A* to C GCSE grades including maths and English in just three years.

Standards have undergone a dramatic rise at the Leigh technology college, with 70 per cent of pupils reaching the educational benchmark in last summer’s exams compared to just 35 per cent in 2010.

The Westleigh Lane school was rated the most improved community school in Britain and oversaw the seventh biggest rise in the country in a national newspaper’s survey.

Headteacher John Banks said: “This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of what has been happening at Westleigh High School over the last three years.

“The school has been continually focused on improving the standards achieved by all pupils.

“This success would not be possible without the motivation of our pupils, the hard work and commitment of the staff and governors as well as the support of our parents.

“The three-way partnership is the key to Westleigh’s success and the school prides itself on providing an excellent education for 
all.”

In addition to the exam grade improvements, 73 per cent of Westleigh pupils made three or more levels of progress in English and 77 per cent in maths, compared to the national averages of 68.8 per cent and 68 per cent respectively.

Around 75 per cent of students achieved a grade between A* and C in maths, significantly above the national average of 71 per cent. Westleigh’s recent success was also noted by Ofsted during an inspection of November 2012, with the report describing the majority of teaching as good and some outstanding.

The most improved school in Britain in the league table was a voluntary-aided Catholic school in north London which has seen a 60 per cent rise in five A* to C grades including English and maths since 2010. No other schools in the borough were included in the national top 100 for improvements.