Hard work pays off for Long Stratton High in GCSE league tables

A headteacher said there was more to come after his south Norfolk school was ranked as the most improved in the latest GCSE league tables.

John Wilson, acting head of Long Stratton High School, said the success of the school had been 'spectacular' after becoming one of the best performing state schools in the county.

The school recorded a 12pc improvement in its GCSE results last year following a series of year-on-year improvements, which propel the school into Norfolk's top 10. The school's GCSE students achieved 88pc five or more A* to Cs in 2011 after the school was at 55pc three years previously.

Mr Wilson, who has been at Long Stratton High for more than 10 years, became acting head last year after headteacher Paul Adams was suspended in September, pending an investigation into 'management issues'.

Mr Wilson added that the school league tables success was a big boost for the school. Governors are also looking into whether to apply for academy status.

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'A few years ago it would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves, but it galvanised people and we are not finished yet and there is a way to go. I think it puts a spring in our step and the fact we are the most improved in Norfolk is a selling point and it is something that parents are aware of. It makes us fell proud and vindicates the hard work,' he said.

He added: 'All too often in a complex situation like a school, some people can lose sight of the fact that our core job is teaching and we have spent time on improving the way we teach and I am convinced that is the reason we are climbing the table. e are in a better situation with our built environment, which helps the teachers and the kids.

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'We are certainly in the top five in Norfolk and comfortably in the top 10, and for the English department the rates of progress from Year 7 to the end of school is in the top 8pc in the country and the top 14 in the country for maths.'

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