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Leek and Cheadle schools performance is top of the class

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

Painsley headmaster Stephen Bell.

Painsley headmaster Stephen Bell.

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STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands schools are celebrating after the latest School League Tables placed them as some of the highest achieving state schools in the county.

Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle was confirmed as the top state school in Staffordshire in the latest performance tables, with 81 per cent of pupils attaining five or more A* to C GCSEs, including A* to C in both English and maths.

Principal Stephen Bell said: "The tables revealed that students make incredible progress at the college and achieve phenomenal examination results which surpass those of other Staffordshire schools.

"I am delighted that our former students at both GCSE and A Level have not only achieved wonderful results, but have also made progress equal to the best schools in the whole of the country.

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"To be ranked as one of the highest achieving schools in England is testimony to the hard work of the students, staff and directors.

"I am also very grateful to the parents for their on-going support. This is an opportunity to feel a collective sense of pride in our students achieving their full potential."

Westwood College in Leek's results showed 63 per cent of pupils attained five or more A* to C GCSEs, including A* to C in both English and maths, and an average point score per A Level entry of 218.9.

Headteacher Richard Hey said: "At Westwood we were really pleased with this year's examination results, which saw improvements at both GCSE and A Level.

"This reflects the huge amount of effort and commitment invested by our students, the high quality input of their teachers and the invaluable support given by their families.

"Every aspect of what we do is open to scrutiny, and while there is always something that can be improved, it is good to see so many areas where our students are successful. This year our A Level results were particularly pleasing.

"In an increasingly competitive world where expectations are continuously rising, it is critical for young people to be able to make the most of every opportunity.

"These results show that our students are doing just that. We are extremely grateful that the complex interactions between students, teachers, parents, families, governors and the wider community are working so successfully.

"It is really good to see the collaborative links between the schools of the Leek Educational Partnership growing so strongly, as this will have a positive effect on the outcomes of the young people right across the community of Leek and into the Moorlands."

Cheadle Academy results showed that 67 per cent of pupils attained five or more A* to C GCSEs, including A* to C in both English and maths.

Keith Hollins, executive head for Cheadle Academy, said: "We are pleased and proud of the significant improvements that have continued to be made at The Cheadle Academy over the last two years.

"We are proud to be an inclusive community school making a very positive contribution towards the life chances of the young people of the District.

"In some ways we were not surprised by this improvement because we work relentlessly, with our community's help, to improve all of the processes that support our students.

"The Cheadle Academy is grateful for the tremendous support given to the academy by the community as a whole, and would like to acknowledge the crucial role played by our parents in this success."

Leek High School results showed 40 per cent of pupils attained five or more A* to C GCSEs, including A* to C in both English and math.

Head teacher John Spencer said: "Our outcomes were generally good last year.

"Our English results were disappointing for several reasons; two of our four staff were on maternity leave, our new examining board moved coursework marks down under politcal pressure and we were 'given' the outcomes a number of students who attended the pupil referral unit not Leek High which hit us hard.

"This all impacts on league table, but thankfully maths continues to do well and in most subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, core science, additional science, English literature, media, geography, history, German, music and graphic products results moved upwards.

"The English results will improve markedly this year but we are proud to be truly comprehensive and will never be top of the league.

"We are keen to celebrate the achievement of all our youngsters -the league tables don't.

"Special needs youngsters who struggle to achieve an E deserve as much praise as the brightest who achieve a raft of grade As."

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