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Tuesday, 8 February, 2000, 11:15 GMT
Outstanding secondary schools

The Ofsted annual report for 1999 contains many secondary schools which had outstanding inspection reports during the year.

"In addition, some have excellent GCSE results which they have sustained over a number of years," says the chief inspector, Chris Woodhead.

"Others have GCSE results which are good, given the circumstances of the particular school."

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Brookfield Community School, Chesterfield. LEA: Derbyshire

Brookfield emerged from a reorganisation in Chesterfield in 1991 which left it with five sites and staff from 11 different schools - with a sense of mutual distrust.

"So it took quite a while for us to gel," said the headteacher, Liz Thomas, who has been there from the start.

"But since then we've gone from strength to strength."

Mrs Thomas is most proud of the achievements of students at A-level - not top flight, as she puts it, but often doing very well in individual terms having started from a low base - the sort of 'value added' success that eludes official league tables.

"And it raises thousands of pounds every year for charity.

Student council

"There's a very active school council, kids are encouraged to become citizens in the real meaning of the word."

Parents are "excellent - very supportive", she said, not least financially - buying a minibus and refurbishing the school hall and, this year, the library.

"There is quite a resurgence in reading," Mrs Thomas said.

"They are coming into the school now having had literacy hour in primary school and it certainly has a bit more street cred than it did three or four years ago.

"We're targeting boys inevitably because they are not the greatest readers, and we're very pleased with the outcome."

Coincidentally the school was being visited by the National Theatre's touring company as Ofsted's annual report was published, performing As You Like It. Drama is one of the school's strengths.

"I think it's a wonderful place, but then I'm prejudiced," Mrs Thomas said. "I love it."

Name LEA
All Hallows RC High School, PenworthamLancashire
All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield Sheffield
Anglo European School, Ingatestone Essex
Arden School, Knowle Solihull
Benton Park School, Rawdon Leeds
Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic High School, Altrincham Trafford
Brannel School, St Stephen Cornwall
Brookfield Community School, Chesterfield Derbyshire
Bullers Wood School, Logs Hill Bromley
Canon Slade CE School, Bolton Bolton
Chorley Southlands High School, Chorley Lancashire
Cirencester Kingshill School, Cirencester Gloucestershire
City of Portsmouth Girls' School, Portsmouth Portsmouth
Comberton Village College, Comberton Cambridgeshire
Coundon Court School and Community College, Coventry Coventry
Dartford Grammar School, Dartford Kent
Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Dartford Kent
Elliott School, Putney Wandsworth
Fairfield High School for Girls, Droylsden Tameside
Falinge Park High School, Rochdale Rochdale
Fernwood School, Wollaton Nottingham, City of
Fulford School, Heslington Lane York, City of
Garforth Community College, Garforth Leeds
Grantham The King's School, Grantham Lincolnshire
Hall Mead School, Cranham Havering
Heckmondwike Grammar School, Heckmondwike Kirklees
Jews Free School, London Camden
John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
King Edward VI Aston School, Aston Birmingham
King Edward VI Handsworth School, Birmingham Birmingham
Lady Manners School, Derbyshire Derbyshire
Lampton School, Hounslow Hounslow
Long Stratton High School, Long Stratton Norfolk
Lordswood Girls' School and Sixth Form Centre, Harborne Birmingham
Macmillan College, Stockton Road Middlesbrough
Manor Church of England School, Boroughbridge Road York, City of
Marlwood School, Alveston South Gloucester
Matthew Moss High School, Marland Rochdale
Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam Sutton
Northgate High School, Ipswich Suffolk
Nunthorpe School, Nunthorpe Redcar and Cleveland
Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath West Sussex
Old Hall Comprehensive School, Kimberworth Rotherham
Ousedale School, Newport Pagnell Milton Keynes
Plashet School, East Ham Newham
Presdales School, Ware Hertfordshire
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet Barnet
Rainford High School, Rainford St Helens
Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School, Lancaster Lancashire
Salendine Nook High School, Huddersfield Kirklees
Sarah Bonnell School, London Newham
Sheldon School, Chippenham Wiltshire
Skegness Grammar School, Skegness Lincolnshire
St John Fisher Catholic High School, Springfield Wigan
St Martin's School, Hutton Essex
St Michael's Catholic Grammar School, North Finchley Barnet
St Thomas More Roman Catholic High School, North Shields North Tyneside
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Sutton Coldfield Birmingham
Tabor High School, Braintree Essex
The Ashcombe School, Dorking Surrey
The Blue Coat CE School, Oldham Oldham
The Camden School for Girls, London Camden
The City Technology College, Cooks Lane Solihull
The Douay Martyrs Roman Catholic School, Ickenham Hillingdon
The Gilberd School, Colchester Essex
The John Fisher School, Purley Sutton
The King's School, Peterborough Peterborough, City of
The Latymer School, London Enfield
The Magna Carta School, Staines Surrey
The North Halifax Grammar School, Illingworth Calderdale
The Snaith School, Snaith East Riding of Yorkshire
The Westgate School, Winchester Hampshire
Therfield School, Leatherhead Surrey
Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter Staffordshire
Wallington High School for Girls, Wallington Sutton
Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff-on-Sea Southend-on-Sea
Westcliff High School for Girls, Westcliff-on-Sea Southend-on-Sea
Wigmore High School, Wigmore Herefordshire
William Ellis School, London Camden
Woodchurch High School, Woodchurch Wirral

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