Thomas Telford School in Shropshire was the best all-ability state school in the league tables for the 13th consecutive year as more than 99 per cent of its pupils achieved at least ten good GCSEs, including English and maths. More than half of all GCSE grades were ranked A* or A grade. This is from the Times…
Sir Kevin Satchwell, the headmaster, paid tribute to the commitment of his “very young staff” and said: “It may be 13 years in a row but we never take for granted the exceptional achievements of our students…
“They have been brilliant to work with and are superb ambassadors for the school. I congratulate each and every one of them for their remarkable achievements.”
The school was the first comprehensive school to have 100 per cent of pupils achieve at least five GCSEs at A* to C grade.
One of the 15 original City Technology Colleges, it opened in 1991, taking a similar numbers of pupils from nine different ability bands. It does select though, taking those most likely to benefit from the education on offer, and “who have the strongest motivation to succeed”.
It runs a longer day than many schools, with some pupils taught from 8.30am until 6pm, and divides the day into three teaching sessions.
Parents receive progress reports every four weeks, and students can access the whole curriculum from home via the internet.
There are about eight applications for every place available.
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