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One of the Best in the Country for Student Progress and Attainment at GCSE

St Mary’s Catholic High School, a Catholic Voluntary Academy, has received national recognition for the value it adds to enable students’ high achievement at GCSE.

The Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook its annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified St Mary’s Catholic High School, a Catholic Voluntary Academy’s success.

The school has qualified for two Schools, Students and Teachers Network Educational Outcomes Awards by being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between key stage 2 results at primary school and GCSE results at age 16, and in the top 10% nationally for high attainment.

The school was invited to receive their award at a regional celebration ceremony hosted by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network at Gartree High School in Leicestershire on 28 April.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of Schools, Students and Teachers Network said, “St Mary’s Catholic High School, a Catholic Voluntary Academy 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 they will join us at the celebration evening 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 team at St Mary’s Catholic High School, a Catholic Voluntary Academy, and 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 Schools, Students and Teachers Network.”

St Mary’s High School Named as Regional Finalist in Pupil Premium Awards

St Mary’s High School has been named as a national runner-up in the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards by the government, for leading the way in helping disadvantaged children reach their full potential.

The school was awarded £10,000 at the Pupil Premium Award ceremony.  The awards ceremony, held in London on 25 March, provided an opportunity to reward and recognise the schools doing the most to raise attainment and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.  Schools who receive this award are encouraged to share examples of best practice with other schools.

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Maria Dengate receives St Mary’s Pupil Premium Award   from David Laws, Minister for Education, accompanied by Pippa Shaw and Rachel Shaw

The awards were handed out by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and David Laws, the Minister for Education.

The staff at St Mary’s are immensely proud that the achievement of the school in this area has been recognised.  Maria Dengate, the Deputy Headteacher, attended the event, alongside Pippa Sharp and Rachel Shaw.

Maria Dengate said, “Staff at St Mary’s are totally committed to helping all children fulfil their potential, so it is wonderful to be recognized at national level, for supporting our most disadvantaged pupils.”