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Dame Yasmin visits Number 10 Downing Street

1 February 2010

On Monday 11th January our Executive Principal Dame Yasmin Bevan visited No10 Downing Street on behalf of our partner school Challney High School for Boys where she met the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls.

Gordon Brown and Ed Balls hosted the event so that they could congratulate Headteachers from across the country for their hard work, dedication and commitment to improving education for pupils at both primary and secondary level.

Dame Yasmin with Prime Minister

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:

These Headteachers have been pivotal to driving up standards and fostering a positive environment for learning in their schools, often in challenging circumstances. They represent the cr? de la cr? of Head Teachers and are a real credit to their schools and the local communities they serve.

"Their commitment is truly commendable and I am proud to celebrate their success in Downing Street. As we develop chains of schools run by some of the best heads even more pupils will benefit from the experience of such outstanding professionals."

The event took place in the same week as it was announced in the Times Educational Supplement that Denbigh High School has just been ranked in the top ten of all schools in the country for our CVA score. CVA scores were introduced to give a better and fairer measure of school effectiveness than raw results alone because they allow meaningful comparisons to be made between schools with different intakes, by taking into account prior attainment and the circumstances of the pupils who attend the school. The CVA score looks at the improvement that pupils make between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 whilst taking into account a number of factors that are outside the schools control. It then predicts what a pupil's attainment should be, based on the attainment of other children with similar backgrounds and then sees how the school has influenced pupils performance e.g. above or below the national prediction.

Dame Yasmin said:

As the Executive Principal of Challney High School for Boys and Community College and Denbigh High School I am delighted with yet another set of outstanding results for both schools.