School praised by education minister

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An Alford secondary school has been praised for its academic achievements by Education Minister David Laws.

John Spendluffe Technology College has been one of the top 90 most improved non-selective schools in England over the last three years.

Mr Laws wrote to headteacher Steve Beverley to offer his congratulations for the school’s performance at GCSE and equivalent exams.

He said: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on the excellent improvement in GCSE and equivalent results for your school over the last three years from 2012 to 2014.”

In the latest performance tables 59 per cent of pupils at John Spendluffe achieved five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths, well above the Government benchmark of 40 per cent.

Mr Beverley said: “The staff and governors at the school work hard to get the best possible results for our students and ensure that they can move on to greater success after they have left school. Having this success recognised nationally is something we can all be proud of.”