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School celebrates 'most improved' title

COPPENHALL High was declared the most improved school in Cheshire in this week's annual school performance tables.

COPPENHALL High was declared the most improved school in Cheshire in this week's annual school performance tables.

The school has dramatically pulled out of a slump which saw its exam scores worsen over three years.

In 1998, 30% of pupils achieved five GCSE grade A-C passes with the figures dropping over the next two years to 23% and then 17%.

But now the school is back on track with the pass rate rising to 29% and the future looks bright. Headmaster Mike Cladingbowl said: 'I am particularly pleased because we are the most improved school in Cheshire.

'Not only did our five A-C rates rise substantially but we also had outstanding success with our A-E rates. It's all the result of hard work by teachers, pupils and supportive parents.

'It's no surprise that more and more parents are choosing this school and other Crewe schools as the first choice for their children.

'Over the next few weeks and months people in the town will be hearing a lot about a programme called Excellence in Crewe Schools.

'It has been formally recognised by education minister Steven Timms and is resulting in a massive programme of investment and recognition for primary and secondary schools in Crewe. We are talking millions of pounds.'

* South Cheshire College in Crewe was hailed as the best further education college in Cheshire.

Its average points score for exams puts it top of the five colleges in the county.

Principal Dr David Collins said: 'The Crewe and Nantwich area has a uniquely successful relationship in primary, secondary and further education which is producing year on year improvements in results.'

* Staff and pupils at King's Grove High School in Crewe are celebrating top notch results.

Headteacher Chris Nelligan said: 'We are proud because our results were the best ever, significantly better than the previous year and much better than the ability of the pupils suggested when they arrived at King's Grove.'

* A spokesman for Victoria Community Technology College in Crewe said: 'We are pleased that in 'value added' terms we have once again bettered the predicted standards.'

* The GCSE tables have borne out 'best ever' claims by Allan Kettleday, head of Malbank School and Sixth Form College at Nantwich.

Mr Kettleday said: 'Every pupil who took GCSE exams gained at least five passes at grades A to G. That is a 100% record and I don't care what league tables you look at, you can't beat 100%.'

* The league tables showed that Brine Leas High School at Nantwich has remained steady with 60% of pupils gaining five or more grade A to C passes.

Head Mike Butler said: 'I am very pleased with our 'value added' performance, which measure the extent by which our pupils are improving as they progress through school. To me that proves that the quality of our teaching remains excellent.'

* John Leigh, headteacher of the all-girls Sandbach High School, where pupils averaged 6.5 points at A-level, said: 'Historically girls outperform boys at GCSE and are then caught up at A-level. However, looking at data from across the county, the performance of our students is very pleasing.'

* Peter Wiles, headteacher of all-boys Sandbach School, said: 'At GCSE our results are higher than our average for the last three years. The school's 'value added' figures are positive compared with national data indicating that, with boys tending to do less well than girls at GCSE, our students are doing particularly well.'


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