School gets praise for improving

Head of School Richard Thomas and executive head Terry Boatwright with students
Head of School Richard Thomas and executive head Terry Boatwright with students
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THE CAUSEWAY has been named the fifth most improved school in the country following the release of the government’s GCSE league tables last week.

The secondary school in Larkspur Drive is celebrating after the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grade GCSEs including maths and English increased from 22 per cent in 2007 to 59 per cent last year. The school has enjoyed a steady increase since The Bishop Bell Causeway Partnership was introduced in November 2008, after The Causeway was classed as a National Challenge School, meaning it required further support to improve.

Terry Boatwright, previously headteacher of Bishop Bell, a school graded outstanding by Ofsted, was appointed executive headteacher of both schools and within a year The Causeway came out of National Challenge as its examination results rose 13 per cent to an all time high of 44 percent. And 2010’s tables have brought more good news, as the school now has 59 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grade GCSEs. Mr Boatwright said making the government’s top ten list was a surprise.

He said, “I knew that we had done well, but hadn’t realised just how well.

“Naturally we are absolutely delighted to be named fifth in England.

“This is an amazing feat and a real testimony not just to the incredible hard work and dedication of staff and students at The Causeway School, but also to the value of working in partnership.

“For Causeway this means that, since 2007, our examination results have nearly trebled and as a result three times as many young people are able to progress to advanced level courses post-16 and gaining the opportunity to go to university should they wish.

“That sort of life-chance transformation is what truly excellent education should provide and I am delighted that The Causeway School has been recognised as providing just that.”

To see how all the schools in Eastbourne fared in the GCSE tables, see the results visit eastbourneherald.co.uk