National recognition for school’s GCSE scores

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TODMORDEN High School has gained national recognition for its work in adding value to GCSE students’ achievements.

The school has received commendation from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) for the high value-added scores in its GCSE results in 2010.

Value-added scores show the progress made by students in their test results between the ages of 11 and 16.

Headteacher Helen Plaice said the personalised curriculum, wide range of courses and the individual support given to students during the pressurised exam period have been key factors in the school’s success.

“I’m very proud to be leading a school that’s been nationally recognised as one of the most improved at GCSE in the country,” she said.

“Most of the hard work has been done over the last three or four years under the leadership of the previous headteacher, Patrick Ottley-O’Connor, but credit has to go to the students, the staff and the parents over the last four years.

“Progress for this year’s Year 11 is also looking to be very good and we hope to continue the steep upward trend of our exam results across the board.”

The high school was among 469 schools commended at a special celebration in London earlier this month.

Elizabeth Reid, SSAT chief executive, said: “The value-added measures show how schools make a difference and raise achievement above expectations.”