School is UK’s most improved

PUBLISHED: 05:55 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:06 31 May 2010

From back left, Matthew Gunn, Matthew Bedding, Lewis Edridge, Rosie Chatto, headteacher Jo Mullis and Jay Cox

From back left, Matthew Gunn, Matthew Bedding, Lewis Edridge, Rosie Chatto, headteacher Jo Mullis and Jay Cox

TEACHERS, parents and pupils at the Stansted Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College are delighted it has been heralded most improved school in the country . League tables, showing GCSE results, published last Thursday state the Stansted secondary

TEACHERS, parents and pupils at the Stansted Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College are delighted it has been heralded "most improved school in the country".

League tables, showing GCSE results, published last Thursday state the Stansted secondary school has undergone a major turnaround, improving more than any school over the last four years.

Headteacher Jo Mullis was elated by the news: "We have constantly been striving for excellence and, of course, we knew it was a big improvement," she said.

"We also knew that we were well above the national average but it was a huge surprise to learn that we were the most improved."

Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Stephen Castle, was also thrilled by the announcement.

He said: "This is a fantastic result for Mountfitchet. Not only have the improvements been made, but they've been made rapidly with an incredible record of improvement over the last four years."

In 2003, just 19 per cent of students sitting GCSEs attained five or more A* to C grades in subjects including English.

The following year this rose by five per cent, and in 2005 the number increased by an equal amount, up to 29 per cent.

However, the biggest change came between 2005 and 2006, when some 53 per cent of pupils achieved the benchmark pass rate.

Cllr Castle said: "The latest figures show that the school is now above the national average of 45 per cent, which is testament to all the hard work which has been put in. This is certainly an extraordinary achievement."

Stansted Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College gained specialist status in September 2006, before when it had been know as Mountfitchet High School.

In February the school will begin construction of a learning resource centre, which will allow students and Stansted residents to make use of new computing facilities.

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