Looking to the future after positive results

Calder High headteacher Tony Guise is happy with how the Mytholmroyd school is progressing
Calder High headteacher Tony Guise is happy with how the Mytholmroyd school is progressing

Two upper Calder Valley high schools are already looking to the future after performing well in the Department for Educations’s Calderdale school league tables.

The tables, which compare GCSE performance, saw Calder High School finish in the top eight for the district, and while Todmorden High School finished 13th it did see it’s 2013 results increase by four per cent.

Todmorden High School deputy headteacher Chris Wilcocks said: “Clearly we still have a long road ahead of us, but these tables show that the school has sustained improvement over the year.

“The improvements in standards is remarkable, the improvement in the quality of teaching is transformational.

“The progress that our students make is critical and through our unrelenting approach in a very short space of time we have moved our progress measures in line with national averages from a position where they were significantly below.

“This is just the beginning as these improvements are a springboard for Todmorden students, staff and our community.”

And the message was echoed by Calder High School headteacher Tony Guise, who said the focus was on students sitting GCSEs in future years.

Mr Guise said: “We’re really pleased and it shows a big leap forward from where we were the previous year.

“Our focus is on our current students to make sure that they do even better during their time at Calder High School.

“A big thank you for all the students, staff and parents that are working with Calder High to make them improvements happen.”

Calder High School’s eighth place finish out of 16 saw 64 per cent of its 2013 students achieve five or more A* to C grades - 16 per cent up on the previous year.

Todmorden High had 54 per cent A* to C.

The best performing school was The Crossley Heath School and the worst was St Catherine’s Catholic High School.