Harleston’s Archbishop Sancroft High School has been congratulated by Schools Minister David Laws on its excellent GCSE results.
The Minister sent his good wishes in a letter which was presented by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon to the school’s headteacher, Richard Cranmer.
The results show that Archbishop Sancroft is among the 100 best improving schools in England.
Seventy-seven pupils at the school sat GCSEs last year with 64 per cent of them achieving results matching or bettering the nationally-recognised benchmarks.
The figures were nine per cent up on 2011 and 13 per cent up on 2010. In the key subject areas of English and Maths, 75 per cent of ASHS pupils gained A-star to C grades in English and 79 per cent in Maths - well above national and county averages and the best results the school has ever achieved.
Mr Cranmer said: “You can imagine how pleased and proud I was to receive the letter from David Laws in recognition of our excellent GCSE performance. This improvement did not happen by chance and is the result of our very focused development plan over the last two years to ensure that all students meet or exceed their potential.
“I am confident that we are making good headway towards our goal of being an ‘Outstanding’ school in the near future.”
Richard Bacon MP said: “I am delighted that the hard work put in by the whole school community has been recognised by the Minister. Archbishop Sancroft High School will be justifiably proud of this achievement and I salute Richard Cranmer and his team for all their hard work.”
In his letter to Mr Cranmer, Schools Minister David Laws wrote: “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”.