Bishop Heber High School in Malpas is celebrating being named one of the top 100 non-selective state funded schools in England.

The school was informed of the accolade in a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools which said the school’s rating was based on the Key Stage 2 (end of Year 6) to Key Stage 4 (end of Year 11) value added measure.

Headteacher David Curry said it reflected the ‘fantastic progress’ made by students since the end of their primary school to the time they get to Year 11.

“Whilst the students achieved record results last summer we are thrilled to have received this letter,” he said.

“I’m so proud of the staff and students for their dedication and commitment. At Heber, students historically sit three or four GCSEs a year or two early in Year 9 or 10. This doesn’t reflect well in any Department for Education performance table as they only recognise first not final entries. So to achieve this recognition is quite remarkable and would be even better if the students best GCSE results were recognised,” he added.