School’s nod from minister

NDET 96429 Tupton hall pupils and Head Patrick Cook celebrate being one of the top 100 high performing schools.
NDET 96429 Tupton hall pupils and Head Patrick Cook celebrate being one of the top 100 high performing schools.
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PUPILS and teachers at a specialist sports college are celebrating after being named one of the 100 top performing schools in the country.

The accolade – based on sustained improvement between 2008 and 2011 – was achieved by Tupton Hall School, and marked by a letter sent to the headteacher from the minister of state for schools, Nick Gibb.

Head teacher, Patrick Cook, said: “This is a great day for Tupton Hall.

“This formally recognises the efforts of students, staff and governors. We have devoted a lot of time to developing appropriate courses for our students, and working with staff to ensure that all students get the support they need to fulfil their potential.”

The letter congratulates the staff, governors and pupils on the achievement of pupils at Key Stage 4 based on the peformance tables published in January.

Assistant head, Amanda Neville, said ideas like text message appraisals for the pupils and integrating maths, English and science with outdoor education have driven the improvement over the last four years.

She said: “We have tried to think outside the box. We have just worked really hard to try and get the best out of our students and ultimately do the best for our students.”

She added: “This recognition is massive for the school. To get the letter was just amazing as we now have it in writing that we are one of the best in the country.”

The achievement is to be marked by the school – which teaches around 1900 11-18 year olds – with a special assembly in the coming weeks.

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By Ellie Hunter