January 2014: Government Minister praises GCSE improvement

THREE years of ‘excellent improvement’ in GCSEs has earned Haslingden High School praise from the Minister for Schools.

David Laws, MP wrote to the headteacher of Haslingden High School Mark Jackson to say: “Your school had proven to be one of the top 100 in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including English and maths.

“The results are a shining testament to the hard work and success of your staff, governors and pupils.”

In 2011, 75 per cent of students achieved benchmark figure of five or more A*-C GCSEs including English and maths, in 2012 that was 74 per cent and in 2013 the total was 76 per cent, well above the national average of 58 per cent.

Mr Jackson said: “This is fantastic news and it reaffirms how well our students achieve and I think the results are exceptional.

“On raw attainment, this places our school in the top 14 per cent of all schools nationally.  Haslingden High School is also in the top six per cent of schools in the country based on the progress that our students make and as a headteacher that makes me very proud.

“When students start at Haslingden High School they are in line with or just above national averages in terms of literacy and numeracy, but by the time  they reach GCSE level our students make excellent progress and achieve well above the national average.

“It is down to having committed hard working staff, parents who are very supportive and our students who want to learn.”

Click on the link below to view the letter sent by David Laws, MP;

Letter of Commendation