December 8 2013 Latest news:
By Kate Scotter
Monday, February 11, 2013
A Norfolk school which achieved record-breaking GCSE results has been congratulated by a government minister.
Archbishop Sancroft High School saw 64pc of its students achieve five or more passes at grades A* to C including English and Maths last year – and its pass rate for English and maths set a new school record.
The figures put the Harleston school among the 100 best improving schools in England.
As a result, schools minister David Laws sent a letter of congratulations to the school.
The school’s headteacher, Richard Cranmer, said: “You can imagine how pleased and proud I was to receive the letter from David Laws, minister of state for schools in recognition of our excellent GCSE performance.
“This improvement did not happen by chance and is the result of our very focused development plan over the last two years to ensure that all students meet or exceed their potential.
“I am confident that we are making good headway towards our goal of being an Outstanding school in the near future.”
In his letter to Mr Cranmer, Mr Laws wrote: “I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement.”
The letter was presented to the school by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, who said: “I am delighted that the hard work put in by the whole school community has been recognised by the minister. The school will be justifiably proud of this achievement.”