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Denbigh and Challney Boys recognised at prestigious awards dinner

21 June 2008

Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Boys have both been recognised by the Specialist School and Academies Trust (SSAT) for adding value to students GCSE achievements at an awards dinner held at BAFTA, London.

On the night, 25 schools out of 518 received an award, including the five schools achieving the highest Jesson Value-Added (JVA) score, the five schools achieving the highest JVA score including English and maths and the 15 schools achieving 20 points or higher on the JVA value-added scale.

Denbighs Headteacher, Dame Yasmin Bevan received two awards on behalf of the School. These were awarded for becoming:
  1. One of the top 5 specialist schools or academies achieving a 10 point or higher value-added score in 2007, including English and Mathematics.
  2. One of the top 15 specialist schools or academies achieving a 20 point or higher value-added score in 2007, including English and Mathematics.

Challney Headteacher, Vic Galyer received five awards on behalf of the school. These were awarded for becoming:

  1. The specialist college with the most improved 5+ A*-C results from 2004 - 2007 by 10% or more
  2. The specialist school or academy in the eastern region with the most improved 5+ A* -C results from 2004 - 2007 by 10 percentage points
  3. Most improved specialist science college in England
  4. One of top 5 specialist schools achieving a 10% or higher added score in 2007, including English and Maths.
  5. One of Top 15 special schools or academies achieving a 20 points or higher value added score in 2007, including English and Maths.

The awards coincide with the publication of the SSATs Educational Outcomes Report.

This is the seventh year the SSAT has published this study and the first time it has included data from English and maths GCSEs in the results.

Commenting on the winning schools achievements, Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive of the SSAT said:

I would like to congratulate these schools for their outstanding achievement in adding value to their students results

It is important that we recognise success in the education system as it is the product of hard work, good leadership and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, but most of all because it means more young people are succeeding and realising their potential.