Helsby High School has received national recognition for the high attainment of its pupils in the 2013 GCSE examinations.

A recent in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England by SSAT, the national schools’ membership organisation for improvement and collaboration, identified Helsby High School’s success.

The school has qualified for an SSAT Education Outcome Award by being in the top 20% of non–selective schools nationally for high average grades achieved by students, and has been invited to a regional celebration ceremony hosted by SSAT in June.

Chief executive of SSAT Sue Williamson said: “Helsby High School should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement.

“They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.

“There is so much good practice that this school could share and I hope many schools will join us at the celebration ceremony for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools.

“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership time at Helsby High School.

“They show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.”

Headteacher John Dowler said: “We are delighted that the hard work and achievements of our young people have been recognised by this award. We are proud of their many successes.

“We would also like to thank school staff and students’ families for all their support.”