Most-improved results - Academy status beckons after 'phenomenal' feat

14th January 2011 at 00:00

The school with the most-improved GCSE results said it is considering academy status due to lack of support from its local authority.

Perry Beeches School in Birmingham achieved record-breaking improvements this year, jumping from 21 per cent of pupils achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths in 2007 to 74 per cent in 2010.

This is particularly impressive considering the school had been threatened with closure four years ago. And head Liam Nolan (below) is in no doubt of the scale of the turnaround.

"We are absolutely over the moon," he said. "It is the first time Perry Beeches has been recognised nationally. It's a phenomenal success."

Mr Nolan attributed the improvement to creating teams among staff and students and establishing a family atmosphere, but with a focus on raising standards - from behaviour and uniforms to academic attainment.

However, the school is now looking at becoming an academy.

"It is out for consultation at the moment," Mr Nolan said.

"We are a state-maintained comprehensive, but we have achieved this success without any extra funding from the local authority.

"If anything, not having local authority support makes us feel more confident. It is despite the local authority that we have achieved this success."

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