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Denbigh and Challney receive national recognition at the SSAT awards

22 March 2011
Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Boys have both received national recognition from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust at two separate award ceremonies.
 
The latest award ceremony took place in central London on Wednesday 16th March where both schools received awards for being within the top ten of all schools in the country for their Jesson Value Added' (JVA) scores for five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths.
 
JVA scores show the progress students in a school have made between their test results at age 11 and 16, according to the Jesson value-added measure. The measure shows how schools make a difference and raise achievement above expectations.
 
Denbigh also received an award for being the only school in the country to appear in the top ten for both of the following award categories:
 
Top ten highest JVA scores for five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths
 
AND
 
Top ten highest JVA scores for five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C
 
Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said:
 
"These schools, along with many others across the country, demonstrate how inspiring teaching can lift the aspirations of young people and open their minds to a world of possibilities. That is what everyone in the education system aims to achieve."
 
Only a week earlier Challney received three more prestigious SSAT awards for:
 
1. Achieving 65% or more 5+A*-C results including English and mathematics
2. Achieving 65% or more 2+A*-C results in science subjects
3. Achieving 40% or more 1+A*-C results in modern foreign languages
 
The Executive Principal of Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Boys, Dame Yasmin Bevan said:
 
It is fantastic to have our achievements recognised in this way. The awards are the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work and dedication by the pupils who achieved such outstanding results and the teachers who supported them tirelessly to do so. We were especially pleased to receive the top accolade as the only school to feature in the top ten for our achievements in both the 5+ A*-C measure generally as well as the 5+ A*-C measure including English and mathematics. This is a pointer to the real strength and depth of our curriculum and our support for pupils.