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Academy ranked one of country's finest
3:30pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
THE Government schools minister has written to Harris Academy in Chafford Hundred to congratulate it on being one of the best performing schools in the country.
New rankings, based on Ofsted’s “data dashboard”, considers GCSE results from 2012, measures pupil progress and compares that with schools with a similar pupil profile. In its category, the Chafford secondary school came out top.
That automatically means Harris is ranked among the top 56 secondary schools in the UK.
And this year’s GCSEs results, which saw 93 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades including maths and English, were eight points better than the 2012 results, which the Department for Education has only just finished analysing.
Last year, 84 per cent of all pupils attained five GCSEs grade A* to C, including English and mathematics.
In his letter to the academy, David Laws MP said: “Your school stood out in two ways.
“First, you were ranked number one in your table. Second, over 10 per cent more of your pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths than is typical of a school with your intake.
“This is a fantastic achievement that you should be very proud of.”
The school was graded “outstanding” after its last Ofsted inspection in November 2011 and has been holding conferences in recent weeks, offering advice on how schools can improve as rapidly as it has in the last decade.
Nicola Graham, Harris Academy principal, said: “We are proud of this achievement because it means our students have been given the foundation necessary to secure successful futures.
“Behind the excellent statistics are students who worked hard and are now enjoying their chosen courses.
“It is also validation of the extraordinary efforts of the staff here at the academy.
“I hope the community is proud of the academy’s success.”
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