National recognition for school over exam results

A secondary school has received recognition for its performance in last year’s GCSE exams.

Holy Trinity School, in Buckswood Drive, Gossops Green, is to be presented with an Educational Outcome Award after placing in the top 20 per cent of comprehensive schools across the country in 2014.

Holy Trinity School had excellent GCSE performance and is to receive a national award for their achievements. Pictured are GCSE pupils with headteacher, Paull Kennedy.     Crawley.''Picture: Liz Pearce'LP1500585 SUS-150323-191444008

Holy Trinity School had excellent GCSE performance and is to receive a national award for their achievements. Pictured are GCSE pupils with headteacher, Paull Kennedy. Crawley.''Picture: Liz Pearce'LP1500585 SUS-150323-191444008

The award will come from the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT), an educational membership organisation which works with schools to improve teaching and learning, boosting its curriculum, while developing networking and leadership skills.

It will be presented at a ceremony at Holland Park School, in London, on May 12 which will be attended by SSAT schools from all over the country.

In 2014, Holy Trinity was the 11th most successful school in West Sussex – and the best in Crawley – when it came to the number of pupils who achieved five or more A*-C grades.

The students achieved a 71 per cent pass rate with 38 per cent of Key Stage 4 pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.

“We are all extremely proud and we will continue to strive to maintain these high standards”

Headteacher Paul Kennedy

The results far exceeded the 48 per cent performance from the year before which saw the school lagging behind St Wilfrid’s, Hazelwick, Thomas Bennett and Oriel.

Headteacher Paul Kennedy said: “To receive an award with national recognition is an honour, especially when it relates to the progress our young people have made.

“This is truly a tribute to the hard work put in by teachers and pupils to achieve such fantastic results. We are all extremely proud and we will continue to strive to maintain these high standards”

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT said staff at Holy Trinity “should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement”.

She added: “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 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 SSAT network.”