A HUDDERSFIELD high school is celebrating after receiving national recognition for its exam results.
King James’s School in St Helen’s Gate, Almondbury, has some of the fastest improving GCSE results in the country.
In 2008, 53% of its students gained five grade A to C’s including English and maths. Results continued to get better year on year and in 2011 the success rate had risen to 72.5%.
King James’s rapid progress has been recognised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), the representative body for schools. In new rankings just published, the school is now in the top 10% in the country for improving exam results.
SSAT has issued King James’s with a certificate to display in the school
Sue Williams, chief executive of SSAT, said: “King James’s School has proved itself to be one of the best in the country at improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is plenty that other schools could learn from them.
“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at St James’s School and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person.”
Headteacher Robert Lamb said: “The SSAT award is stunning, I am absolutely over the moon.
“What is impressing SSAT is that we are showing constant improvement. We carry on improving all the time and I am confident that our results will continue to get better.
“This is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of the staff, students and their parents, who are very supportive.
“We take every child in the school and try to get them to achieve their potential, we don’t let them fail.
“King James’s is heavily over-subscribed with a current waiting list of 50 for September. In fact, we are the most over-subscribed high school in Huddersfield and we are hoping our Year 11 will break records again this summer.”
King James’s School currently has 900 students, of which 180 sit GCSE exams each year.