Effort saves failing school

1st September 2006 at 01:00
A school which had some of the worst results in the country has more than trebled its GCSE passes.

Pupils at New College, Leicester, took additional lessons four nights a week and went in on Saturdays to make up lost ground, David Kershaw, executive principal, said.

A year ago, only 10 per cent of its pupils achieved five GCSEs A* to C grades. That has risen to 26 per cent this year.

"The success rate is stunning for a school that was in danger of being closed. The pupils, like the staff, have risen to the challenge," Mr Kershaw said.

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