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School wins ministerial praise after joining elite

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

South Derbyshire District Council councillors Neil Tilley

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A BURTON school has been named among the 100 best improving secondary schools in the country.

Paulet High School, in Violet Way, Stapenhill, was told of its achievement in a letter of congratulations from the Minister of State of Schools, David Laws.

In his letter, addressed to Paulet’s head teacher, Tracy Rees, the Liberal Democrat MP praised Paulet’s ‘excellent’ GCSE results in 2012.

He then said the Government had assessed secondary schools’ performance by examining pupils’ achievements in English, maths and their three other best GCSEs.

“Your results show that you are among the 100 best improving schools in terms of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage Two results (exams taken in the last year of primary school) and their GCSEs.

“I hope you are able to continue this rate of progress so that one day soon I can write to you to commend you not only for being one of the most rapidly improving schools, but also one of the highest performing schools on this measure.

“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement.”

Neil Tilley (pictured), Paulet’s assistant head teacher, said the school was ‘very pleased with its exam results and ‘delighted’ to learn from Mr Laws of its additional success, of which it had been unaware.

“With all the hard work from pupils and teachers, and good support from parents, this is the icing on the cake,” he said.

“There’s definitely been a culture change in school and the children really are keen to get on and they compare their results with each other.”

Mr Tilley said Paulet’s success symbolised the quality of schools throughout Burton.

“Generally, the schools in Burton get good results,” he said. “We are at national levels or above.

“We are just trying to promote the fact we’ve got good schools in Burton and that we are one of them.”

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