Healing School celebrated confirmation it had had another outstanding year following publication of the Government’s performance league tables.
The Department for Education’s key measure, Progress 8 – which illustrates the improvement made by pupils from entering secondary school in Year 7 to leaving in Year 11 - was an ‘above average’ 0.41.
It meant 2018 was the third successive year Healing had been significantly above the national average, and overall performing in the top 20% of schools nationally.
Healing School Principal Michelle Dewland was ‘delighted’.
“Every parent wants to be reassured their child is making good progress at school and that’s why progress is the Department for Education’s preferred measure,” Mrs Dewland said.
“Our above average rating this year is not a one-off. Consistently, the school’s performed higher than the national average and in the top 20% of schools nationally.
“Everybody should take an enormous amount of credit for that – our pupils, staff, governors and parents who do so much to support their children. I thank them all.
“Our broad and balanced curriculum ensures we maintain our academic strength but also supports pupils in their pursuit of excellence and enjoyment in the arts, music and sport.
“Exams are important but this school develops well-rounded individuals prepared for all forms of challenge in today’s world.
“The welfare of our students is a top priority and this is another area in which the school excels.”
Numbers achieving grade 4 / C or above in English and maths increased 5% to 81% last summer, the DfE table confirms, which results in Healing being the top performing school in this region.
Those entering the English Baccalaureate – qualifications in English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography - increased to 40%, with an even higher figure expected this year.
Away from the tables, there were excellent performances from individual departments, with English achieving 91% standard grade 4 and above and Maths achieving 83%. In terms of the strong pass, 74% of pupils achieved grade 5 and above in English and 58% of pupils achieved a grade 5 and above in Maths.
Pupils in Triple Science did particularly well with 95% of pupils achieving grade 4 and above in Physics, 96 % in Biology and 100% in Chemistry, which is especially significant as over half the cohort study the more demanding Triple Science GCSEs.
There were also some strong performances in French and Food Preparation, as well as in Performing Arts and Health and Social Care.
Mrs Dewland said: “I’m incredibly proud of our standing in the performance league tables. Year after year, Healing produces outstanding results which means, consistently, we are one of the area’s top-performing schools.”