Letter of praise for Harrogate school

St Aidan's headteacher John Wood.

St Aidan's headteacher John Wood.

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St Aidan’s Church of England High School has received a letter of congratulation from Minister of State for Schools David Laws.

The Lib Dem MP wrote to headteacher John Wood to convey his ‘great pleasure’ at the excellent performance of students in 2014.

Their success, he wrote, puts the school among the top educational establishments in the country.

The letter said: “The percentage of your pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and mathematics, shows your school is one of the top 100 performing non-selective state funded schools in England.

“In addition, your school is one of the top 100 non-selective state funded schools in England based on the Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 value added measure. Your school is clearly equipping its pupils for success in both further study and future employment.

“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and successes. My thanks also to you personally and to your leadership team for continuing the drive towards the highest standards of education achievement.”

According to the government’s league tables, 87 per cent of students in 2014 achieved at least five A*-C GCSEs in 2014.

Mr Wood said: “The school is obviously delighted yet again to get recognition for its KS4 results in the examinations of 2014.

“We are particularly pleased this year as it refers to both the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and Mathematics as well as the value added measure based on Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 progress.

“To be identified as one of the top 100 non-selective state funded schools in both categories is a great credit to students and all who work within the school.”