At Michaela school in Brent, North London, 18 per cent of exams were graded a 9, compared to 4.5 per cent nationwide. 54 per cent of all exams were graded a 7-9, which is an A or A* under the old system. The Telegraph reports.
Headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh has come under criticism in the past for her “strict” methods at the free school, which aim to instill private school-esque order in state school children.
Suella Braverman MP said: “Huge congratulations to all staff & pupils for AMAZING GCSE results today. We need more schools like Michaela Community School & more teachers like Ms Birbalsingh. Very proud of all you today. We can create more free schools.”
Daniel Hannan MEP, who has supported her free school since its inception, said: “She fought the bureaucracy to establish a free school. Many of her intake came from disadvantaged backgrounds. She put her trust in old-fashioned teaching methods. Now, five years on, this is the result.”
The school has turned the lives around of many disadvantaged pupils so do silent corridors, a ‘no excuses’ policy and “tough love” make a better school? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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