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School is most improved - again
An inner-city comprehensive has notched up a hat-trick in the table of school improvement.

Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England School in Tower Hamlets, east London, heads the list of "most improved" secondary schools.

This is the third year in a row that it has headed the list.

This time it shares top slot with The North School in Kent - both having seen a 51-point rise in the proportion getting top grades at GCSE level.

Haydn Evans:
These parents hold education in very high esteem
Haydn Evans

But Sir John Cass has now raised that proportion to 87% - well above the national average of 53.7%.

"If I'm honest with you I would immediately ask 'is this an exam factory?'" said its head teacher, Haydn Evans.

"We couldn't be further from that."

Many of its students are from poorer homes, and for more than two thirds English is a second language.

His school is one of nine named by the inspectorate, Ofsted, as a model for tackling under-achievement among Bangladeshi students.

"We are so proud of our students. It's just wonderful to be able to tell them how well they are doing," he said.

Sustained improvement

The table below shows the top 104 secondary schools in England that have had the biggest sustained improvement in their results over the previous four years. The columns show the proportion of students getting at least five good GCSEs or equivalent vocational qualifications each year, and the overall increase.

The list is compiled by the Department for Education and Skills.

The key to inclusion is consistency - a school's results have to have improved each year. Other schools might have had a bigger rise across the four years, but with a dip along the way.

Click the name of any school for a page in our main tables detailing its performance.

School, LEA 2001 2002 2003 2004 rise
The North School 9% 16% 23% 60% 51
Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England Secondary School 36% 71% 79% 87% 51
Waverley School 16% 18% 51% 62% 46
Shipston High School 19% 37% 53% 63% 44
Walker Technology College 25% 42% 58% 64% 39
Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School 34% 42% 46% 73% 39
St Luke's CofE VA Secondary School 6% 11% 26% 45% 39
Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre 40% 47% 53% 76% 36
St Paul's Way Community School 23% 41% 44% 59% 36
Woodford Lodge High School 25% 27% 34% 61% 36
The Grange School 30% 47% 50% 66% 36
Kings High School 24% 29% 34% 60% 36
Central Foundation Boys' School 27% 37% 51% 62% 35
All Hallows RC High School 13% 36% 43% 48% 35
Oaklands School 41% 57% 60% 75% 34
St Joseph's Catholic High School, Business & Enterprise College 37% 43% 55% 71% 34
Shenley Brook End School 48% 70% 71% 81% 33
Bellerive FCJ Catholic College 42% 50% 59% 75% 33
Middleton Technology School 54% 56% 68% 86% 32
Mitchell High School 11% 16% 29% 43% 32
Manor College of Technology 36% 38% 53% 67% 31
Parkside Community Technology College 10% 15% 33% 41% 31
Kingsdale Secondary School 17% 41% 42% 47% 30
Sandwich Technology School 34% 38% 51% 64% 30
The Hathershaw Technology College 27% 31% 52% 57% 30
St Mark's West Essex Catholic School 32% 43% 50% 62% 30
Meols Cop High School 29% 30% 35% 59% 30
Winchcombe School 42% 50% 72% 72% 30
Bishop Challoner Catholic School 57% 61% 76% 86% 29
Bishop Walsh Catholic School 54% 65% 80% 83% 29
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School 49% 65% 78% 78% 29
Budmouth Technology College 46% 59% 66% 74% 28
Eaglesfield School 19% 25% 36% 47% 28
St Bede's Catholic School 51% 53% 53% 79% 28
King George V School 15% 26% 43% 43% 28
Babington Community Technology College 16% 24% 35% 43% 27
St Katherine's School 31% 45% 53% 58% 27
Deacon's School 59% 70% 74% 86% 27
The Hillcrest School and Community College 16% 38% 42% 43% 27
Guru Nanak Sikh Voluntary Aided Secondary School 70% 75% 87% 97% 27
Irlam and Cadishead Community High School 33% 43% 48% 59% 26
St Edmund Campion Roman Catholic School 25% 40% 50% 51% 26
George Dixon International School and Sixth Form Centre 17% 21% 32% 43% 26
The Cornwallis School 44% 68% 68% 69% 25
Gladesmore Community School 16% 30% 37% 41% 25
Wade Deacon High School 59% 62% 69% 84% 25
Langley Park School for Boys 68% 81% 88% 93% 25
Grange School 23% 33% 37% 48% 25
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Language College 59% 69% 74% 84% 25
Islington Arts and Media School 22% 23% 33% 47% 25
Walton-le-Dale High School 18% 40% 40% 43% 25
Bishopsford Community School 10% 18% 18% 35% 25
Kingsdown High School 10% 27% 33% 35% 25
Christ The King Catholic High School, Preston 25% 44% 50% 50% 25
The Alsop High School A Technology College 23% 34% 43% 47% 24
The Priory LSST 73% 75% 88% 97% 24
Park View Academy 15% 16% 23% 39% 24
Aldersley High School 28% 40% 47% 52% 24
Holloway School 12% 20% 31% 36% 24
White Hart Lane Secondary School 10% 24% 27% 33% 23
Ruffwood School 18% 22% 29% 41% 23
South Wirral High School 34% 48% 52% 57% 23
The Benjamin Britten High School 45% 62% 67% 68% 23
Cedar Mount High School 13% 16% 21% 36% 23
Glenthorne High School 30% 35% 41% 53% 23
Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School, Rochdale 42% 49% 60% 65% 23
Adeyfield School 24% 37% 37% 47% 23
The Chauncy School 42% 45% 56% 65% 23
Wildern School 64% 69% 76% 86% 22
Harton School 40% 51% 56% 62% 22
Hollingworth High School 39% 45% 52% 61% 22
Westbourne High School 23% 39% 43% 45% 22
Saint Michael's Catholic High School 52% 54% 72% 74% 22
Golborne High School 36% 36% 54% 58% 22
St Bernard's Catholic High School 53% 59% 64% 75% 22
The James Hornsby High School 11% 13% 23% 33% 22
Whitefield School 21% 24% 25% 43% 22
St Columba's Catholic Boys' School 42% 57% 62% 64% 22
The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College 31% 44% 44% 53% 22
Canon Williamson CofE High School 22% 24% 39% 44% 22
St George's RC High School 31% 36% 38% 53% 22
Chesterton Community High School 22% 25% 33% 44% 22
Catford Girls' School 21% 36% 38% 42% 21
Latimer Community Arts College 42% 49% 51% 63% 21
Kelvin Hall School 30% 39% 47% 51% 21
St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College 74% 78% 78% 95% 21
The Thomas Aveling School 27% 40% 42% 48% 21
St Aloysius RC College 28% 30% 30% 49% 21
Lostock College 22% 26% 34% 43% 21
Bradford Cathedral Community College 5% 16% 22% 26% 21
The Sacred Heart Language College 56% 64% 72% 77% 21
St John Houghton Catholic School 53% 67% 67% 74% 21
The Halifax High School 30% 40% 50% 51% 21
Moreton Community School 19% 24% 32% 40% 21
Sydney Smith School 24% 30% 34% 44% 20
Icknield High School 51% 56% 61% 71% 20
Birley Community College 32% 39% 40% 52% 20
Cranford Community College 37% 44% 51% 57% 20
Notre Dame Catholic College 33% 49% 50% 53% 20
Lealands High School 28% 29% 34% 48% 20
Holyhead School 35% 49% 54% 55% 20
Clapton Girls' Technology College 29% 34% 49% 49% 20
The Bromfords School 50% 56% 69% 70% 20
The Stonehenge School 38% 47% 58% 58% 20



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