A TOWN secondary school which has been hailed as one of the best in the country for student progress at GCSE level is set to land an award in recognition.
The number of Year 11 students achieving five A*-C grades, including English and maths, increased from 37 per cent in 2012 to 75 per cent last year – a staggering rise which meant Dyke House was the most improved state school in the country.
Now detailed analysis of Government data on public schools by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), the national schools’ membership organisation for improvement and collaboration, has revealed Dyke House is in the top 20 per cent of schools nationally for progress made by students between their Key Stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results in Year 11.
Education bosses have hailed Dyke House’s “exceptional” work, saying the school leads the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.
The school has now been invited to receive its award on June 6, this year.
Andrew Jordon, executive principal at the school, in Mapleton Road, said: “We are especially delighted to receive this excellent news from SSAT which proves the dedication, desire and determination of staff and students over the past two years leading to an exceptional set of examination results.
“Thank you to all involved and well done, this is the beginning of a truly phenomenal journey for the school community.”
Last year 97 per cent of Dyke House students gained five A*-C grades while more than 53 per cent celebrated more than five A*-B grades. Maths and English results were also above the national average.
And those fantastic results come despite the fact the school is in the middle of a regeneration area in the town.
Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT, said: “Dyke House Sports and Technology College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement.
“They have proven themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.
“There is so much good practice that this school could share.
“I hope many schools will join us at the celebration ceremony for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools.
“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Dyke House, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.”