Sutton school’s GCSE accolade

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STUDENTS and staff at Sutton’s Quarrydale School are celebrating after it was unveiled as the 11th most improved school in the country.

Headteacher Jon Crone said he was ‘delighted’ after receiving a letter of congratulations from Schools’ Minister Nick Gibb last week.

The Government wrote to the headteachers of 105 schools in England which achieved improvement every year over the last four years.

Schools on the list achieved the most sustained progress in the percentage of pupils getting five A*-C grade (or equivalent) GCSEs, including English and maths, between 2008 and 2011.

Quarrydale, on Stoneyford Road, more than doubled its percentage of students getting five A*-C GCSEs - up from 30 per cent to 66 per cent during this time.

Mr Crone said: “We are delighted at being on the list, but even more delighted for the young people who have created these results.

“It has been possible due to the hard work of students, staff and parents.

“Parental support of the school and the young people has been fantastic, staff willingness to go the extra mile continues to be excellent and we have held many new events whereby all parties involved can support students achieving their best.”

Mr Crone said that the school hopes to continue building on its progress in the coming years.

“The Governors of the academy have invested heavily over the last three years and staff have continued to build aspirations within the students themselves so they can believe they can achieve their potential and in many cases much further,” he said.