Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb MP has written to a Guildford secondary school to congratulate it on its results and its place in England’s top 100 non-selective state schools for sustained improvement.
Christ's College, which a decade ago was housed in dilapidated buildings and dogged by a poor reputation, has seen a transformation in its academic results, with almost 70% of pupils gaining five or more GCSE grades A*to C in 2015 compared to the national average of 58%.
In December, it became an academy with Diocese of Guildford’s Good Shepherd Trust and is now expanding, going from five to six form entry in September 2016.
Nick Gibb wrote to the school principal, saying: “I am writing to convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff and your pupils for your school’s excellent improvement in GCSE and equivalent results between 2013 and 2015.
“Your school is one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades.
“Thank you for your work in this important area of a young person’s education and congratulations again to you and your staff or your hard work and professionalism.”
Christ's College principal said the recognition was hard earned by staff and pupils but examination results were just one area of improvement in the school.
“We are delighted to receive this recognition which comes as a result of the dedication and commitment of staff, pupils, parents and governors.
“But the transformation goes much deeper. A Church school inspection in July 2015 commented that the students are aware they are ‘cherished and nurtured’ as part of a Church school community and it is at the heart of our vision that every child should feel valued and able to reach his or her full potential in all aspects of life.
“We firmly believe that our Christian ethos has driven our school forward and enabled us to achieve outstanding results.”