School makes the grade in top guide

English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee pictured with pupils(left to right) Sam Mailen Sean Rees and Caitlin Swales and head students Hanna Carroll and Myles Tyzack-Carlin.
English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee pictured with pupils(left to right) Sam Mailen Sean Rees and Caitlin Swales and head students Hanna Carroll and Myles Tyzack-Carlin.

A SCHOOL is celebrating after being named in a prestigious guide.

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College has been placed ninth in the top ten North-East state secondary schools.

The Catcote Road establishment made the grade in the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2011.

The table is based on student performance in exams, with English Martyrs’ pupils recently recording their best-ever results.

Headteacher Michael Lee said the school’s standing was down to the hard work put in by both students and staff.

He told the Hartlepool Mail: “It is fantastic to be recognised in this way.

“Our GCSE results, in which 72 per cent of students gained five or more grades at C or above including English and maths are the best the school has ever achieved.

“They came on top of equally impressive A-level results where 53 per cent of all grades were at A*, A or B.

“To be included in such a prestigious guide is a tribute to the hard work of students and staff.”

The top North-East state secondary school in the list is Durham Johnston School, in Durham City, while the Royal Grammar School, in Newcastle, was named the top private school.

The 21st edition of Parent Power showcases the top 2,000 schools in Britain.

On Teesside, Egglescliffe School, in Eaglescliffe, was named number six and Conyers School, in Yarm, was placed seventh in the region’s secondary school standings.

Yarm School was named third in the private school list.

The Sunday Times database also provides results as far back as 2005, allowing parents to track a school’s performance over several years.