PAINSLEY Catholic College is officially one of the top 56 performing schools in the country.
In a recent letter to David Bell, Principal, The Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, said: "It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on your excellent performance in the new similar schools measure in the 2012 School Performance Tables.
"You are one of the 56 top performing secondary schools in England on this measure.
"These tables compare schools with those with near identical intakes, as judged by their key stage two results.
"Your school stood out in two ways. First, you were ranked number one in your table. Second, over ten per cent more of your pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths than is typical of a school with your intake.
"This is a fantastic achievement that you should be very proud of. I congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and thank you for your leadership."
Mr Bell said: "I believe that this high level of achievement is due to having an outstanding staff, outstanding directors, outstanding support from parents and parishes and, crucially, outstanding and respectful students."
In August 2013, the College was thrilled to announce another set of phenomenal GCSE results. One hundred percent of all Year 11 students achieved five GCSEs at grades A*-C (national average 68 percent) and 81 percent of all students achieved five GCSEs A*-C including English and Maths (2012 national average 59 percent) and 45 percent of all entries awarded A*/A grades (national average 21 percent).
A total of 58 percent of students at Painsley also achieved the prestigious English Baccalaureate award.
Mr Bell said; "The English Baccalaureate is a relatively new indicator of a school's success.
"It was introduced by the government in response to schools choosing courses for students which improved their league table performance rather than the life chances of the students.
"It is awarded if a student achieves a grade C or above in English, Mathematics, a foreign language, two science qualifications and either history or geography."
Figures in 2012 showed that the national average was just 12 percent. Painsley's result places the college as the top performing state school in the whole of Staffordshire and in the top 56 schools in the country.
Mr Bell added: "I take the trust that parents put in me and the college to care, guide and education their child very seriously and everybody at Painsley works tirelessly to ensure that every child's ambitions are realised.
"Staff and directors aim to ensure that Painsley provides top quality state-funded education which is too often equated to fee-paying schools or selective schools.
"It may be tempting, therefore, to imagine that it will be difficult for parents to obtain a place for their child at Painsley particularly those who are non-Catholics.
"However, there are more places on offer for September 2014 and parents are encouraged to apply for a place to secure a fantastic education for their child which will set them up for the rest of their lives."