Published: 13 July, 2012
by TOM FOOT
A SECONDARY school has been described as “outstanding” in a report from an organisation promoting independently-run academies.
St George’s RC in Maida Vale was included in the top 10 per cent of schools in the country for “outperforming expectations” by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT).
The rating is based on a “value added” score marks pupils’ progress from the beginning until the end of secondary school and is a measure of how teachers “raise achievement above expectations”.
SSAT chief executive Sue Williamson praised St George’s “stunning performance”, adding: “There is plenty that other schools could learn from St George’s Catholic school.”
It is a welcome boost for St George’s 17 years after its headteacher Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death as he broke up a fight outside his school’s gates.
The school is hoping to become an academy in September independently run by the Diocese of Westminster.
Academy schools are state-funded but run independently from the local authority giving headteachers freedom to move from the National Curriculum.
St George’s headteacher Martin Tissot said: “We are delighted that our success has been formally recognised.
“We are planning to become an Academy as from the September 1 and plan to use our expertise to continue to support other schools.”