School praised for being one of the most improved in the region

Mark Lancaster
Mark Lancaster

STAFF and teachers at a city school have been given special praise after it appeared in league tables as the most improved in the region.

The Radcliffe School in Wolverton was the most improved in the south east after 52 per cent of its pupils achieved five A-star to C grades at GCSE. This was a massive increase form the lowly 20 per cent who hit that benchmark back in 2007.

Headteacher, John O’Donnell, said: “As a result of the hard work carried out by students and staff, supported by parents, the school has made the most progress of any secondary school in the whole of the region and placed 13th in the country.

“This is a great achievement by our students whose examination results provided the key data on which the judgement was made.”

And the school also gained praise from MP Mark Lancaster, who said that he will personally be writing to Mr O’Donnell to offer his congratulations.

He said: “Despite being branded ‘failing’ by the previous government, despite having some of the oldest facilities in the city, the Radcliffe has managed to give a sterling education to many students.

“I am determined to see that the school can maintain this trajectory of improvement; it really is something for our city to shout about.”

Mr Lancaster spoke about The Radcliffe School in Parliament last month after it faced an influx of in-year admission pupils. He argued the school should not bear the brunt of oversubscription elsewhere in the city.