Peele’s progress wins recognition

Peele Community College headteacher Ian Charles
Peele Community College headteacher Ian Charles

A GIGANTIC leap in GCSE successes has won national recognition for the Peele Community College at Long Sutton.

Peele’s five A*-C pass rate, including English and maths, more than doubled from 27 per cent in 2007 to 58 per cent last year.

The high-flying pass rate – together with the school’s value added score – put Peele in the top 20 most improved schools in the country.

There’s more good news for the community college because it was placed in the top five as one of the nation’s most improved specialist science colleges.

And it also securing a top five slot for being one of the most improved schools in the East Midlands region.

Headteacher Ian Charles and deputy headteacher Julie Chong attended ceremonies in London earlier this month to celebrate Peele’s achievements.

Both events were organised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and were attended by representatives of successful schools.

Trust chief executive Elizabeth Reid congratulated all the schools achieving high value added scores – a measure revealing how pupils improve between test scores at the age of 11 and 16.

Ms Reid said: “These results show the commitment and hard work of teachers and students in schools across the country.

“They demonstrate the power of high expectations, good teaching and the ambition for every young person to get the qualifications they need to have the best possible choices of career or education later in life.”

Mr Charles is proud of the community college’s achievements and paid tribute to pupils, parents and staff.

He said: “I think it’s all down to the hard work of the students initially and the support they get from their parents and also the hard work of the staff at the college.

“We have established systems and procedures to ensure that all future cohorts of students are able to achieve at the highest level possible.

“The Peele Community College is confident that Year 11 students will again achieve very high results in the forthcoming examinations.”

The college is currently fully subscribed with 675 pupils on roll.