Long Stratton High School now one of the best Norfolk schools according to GCSE results
In 2016, Long Stratton High School was one of the worst performing schools in Norfolk.
Since then, the almost 600-student strong school has performed something of a U-turn and can now be found at the top end of the league tables.
With the release of the Progress 8 score results, in which Long Stratton came fifth in the county with a score of 0.43, the school is celebrating yet another success.
Headteacher Dr Roger Harris said: “It’s wonderful. Our Progress 8 score means children have done better than they would’ve done compared to being in another school nationally almost by half a grade.
“It’s a nice feeling for everybody – for parents, teachers and students. It’s a massive win.”
Over the past three years, the school has instigated a number of changes, which included reviewing its marking and assessment system.
“Over the last three sets of results, we have gone up and up and up. It’s really nice to swing from the bottom end to the top end of the table,” added Dr Harris, who joined the school in 2016.
Crediting their success to numerous factors, Dr Harris believes joining the Enrich Learning Trust (formerly IE Trust) helped contribute to the school’s progress.
“It’s down to a lot of hard work, care and dedication from the pupils, staff and parents. We all work together and you can’t get these sort of results if you don’t have a shared approach to success,” said Dr Harris.
“Since 2016, the trust has been supporting us in making the necessary changes to help the children move forward. We will do our best to maintain this position.”
The school also celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.
“I don’t think people realise quite how old the school is,” said Dr Harris.
“But the nature of education makes us focus on the here and now. We are catering for the children of today and for the children of tomorrow.”
Ormiston Venture Academy in Great Yarmouth leads the table of Norfolk secondary schools.
The school achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.7 for the 2018-19 academic year.
It replaces Wymondham High Academy as the highest-ranking school in Norfolk.
Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston and Diss High School came 25th and 28th, with Progress 8 scores of 0.01 and -0.01, respectively.
A score below zero means pupils in the school made less progress than others across England with similar results at the end of Key Stage 2.