West Craven High Technology College has been named as one of the best continually improving schools in the country by a leading independent body.
SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd, formerly the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, has said that the secondary school’s GCSE results have improved so fast and to such an extent that it is in the top 20% in the country.
SSAT, which is a membership organisation with 2,000 education establishments as members, ranked every school in England over a four-year period from 2009 to 2012.
During that time, West Craven improved its GCSE results by 19% and pupils and staff have received a certificate award for their efforts.
Arnold Kuchartschuk, headteacher at the school, has expressed his delight at the news. He said: “We are thrilled to bits. It’s a surprise but one that has put a massive smile on our faces.
“We knew the results were going up and up but we didn’t think we were doing that well. We have been very pleased for young people and families who have left with good results.
“In 2008, we changed the way we deliver the curriculum. It seems to have worked.
“Our membership of the SSAT has helped because we have been able to pull in and gain a great deal of expertise from a vast pool.
“It must be wonderful for members of the community to drive past knowing it’s a good school. We’re one of the best in the country.”
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of the Schools Network Ltd, said: “West Craven High Technology College should be congratulated for their stunning achievement improving their GCSE results.
“West Craven High Technology College has proved itself to be one of the best schools in the country at improving GCSE outcomes for their students.
“There is plenty that other schools could learn from West Craven High Technology College.
“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at West Craven High and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person.”