Birmingham school named most improved in UK for GCSE results
A Birmingham school which was once threatened with closure now boasts the most improved set of exam results in the UK.
Perry Beeches School in Great Barr was put into special measures just three years ago when just 21 per cent of students were achieving five A*- C grades including English and maths.
The comprehensive school has now seen a massive 49 per cent jump to a 74 per cent pass rate, which is the highest increase on record for any UK school.
The school also posted a 100 per cent success rate in the number of A*-C grades, and head teacher credited a “back to basics” approach for the rise in results.
Liam Nolan was given one year to turn the school around by Ofsted inspectors after deemed the school to be “failing” in 2007.
He said: “For three years now we have positively changed the life chances of hundreds of young people at our school.
“This 74 per cent and 100 per cent are the pinnacle of success and I am very proud of our staff, students and families who have worked so hard.”
Among the pupils who nervously opened their results was Ruth Dainty-Gould, from Kingstanding, who achieved an impressive six A grades, two Bs and two distinctions.
The 16-year-old from Kingstanding, who hopes to go on to study A Levels at Barr Beacon Language College, said: “I’m over the moon with my results.
“I thought I would do reasonably well because I have worked so hard on my exams, but I’m so pleased.”
Classmate Tony Gray also exceeded his expectations with two C grades and two BTEC qualifications in science and construction.
The 16-year-old from Walsall said: “Words can’t describe my feelings, I’m ecstatic.
“I want to go on to be a fitness coach or a PE teacher.”
Fellow pupil Luke Franklin, who got one A, one B, four Cs and distinctions in BTEC science and media, said he wanted to go on to study for A Levels.
He said: “I could not have asked for better – when I saw that I had got an A in PE, I just thought ‘wow’ to myself.”