Braunton Academy ‘in top 100’

Minister for Schools David Laws MP.

Minister for Schools David Laws MP. - Credit: Archant

Minister of school congratulates Braunton after secondary performance tables are published.

BRAUNTON Academy has been congratulated after being named among the top 100 in national secondary school performance tables for the academic improvement of its pupils.

It means Braunton is one of the best schools in the country and ranked 20th for the rate of improvement made by GCSE pupils between when they start at age 11 and finish at 16.

The Minister for Schools, David Laws MP, has written to congratulate principal David Sharratt and the whole school on what he said was an ‘excellent GCSE performance of… pupils in 2012’.

“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement,” he wrote.

The school was assessed on academic progress from Y7 to 11 in English, maths and three other GCSEs.

Mr Sharratt said staff worked tirelessly with students to secure the best results in all subject areas.

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“We have provided good quality intervention programmes, particularly in English and maths using the additional funds from the Government called the Pupil Premium,” he said.

“This extra funding is attached to students in receipt of free school meals, children in care and students from forces families, with 63 per cent of cohort of students gaining five A*to C grades including English and maths, which is well above the national average.”

Liz Spear, Parish Council Chairman for Braunton, joined North Devon MP Nick Harvey in congratulating the school on its performance.

“I share the delight of teachers, other staff and parents who have all worked tremendously hard to ensure our children have the best start in life,” she said.

Mr Harvey added: “It is great news for the young people who have benefited from their teachers’ continuous effort to go the extra mile – they will be very well prepared for what lies ahead.”

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