Jumping for joy as Grange named one of most improved schools in UK

The Grange School, Aylesbury celebrate being in top 100 performing schools - pictured is headteacher Vince Murray with pupils
The Grange School, Aylesbury celebrate being in top 100 performing schools - pictured is headteacher Vince Murray with pupils
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AN Aylesbury school has been praised by the government after it was singled out as one of the country’s most improved.

Since 2008, The Grange School has seen the percentage of pupils picking up five A* to C grades, including maths and English, shoot up from 29 per cent to 58 per cent.

This week headteacher Vince Murray received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, saying The Grange was one of the 100 top performing schools based on sustained improvement.

The letter said: “I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and to thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement.”

Mr Murray, who has been at the helm of the Wendover Way school since 2005, said he was ‘over the moon’ with the recognition.

It follows hot on the heels of an Ofsted report earlier this year, which rated The Grange as a good school.

Mr Murray told the Herald: “A vast majority of the parents now know their children are going to a good school.

“One of the issues that we have is that it takes a long time to change the reputation, but we know it’s a good and improving school.”

He said that although staff have been told they are one of the 100 most improved schools, they do not know where The Grange appears on the list.

“I’m as intrigued as you,” he stated.

“But we’re over the moon, so many people have invested so much time and energy into improving things, and it’s really satisfying when it’s recognised.”

He said that results had fallen in 2008 because of a lack of stability for staff in key subjects, but stated that this has since been addressed.

The school is set to see £2 million of building improvement work in the next year, after cash was pledged by County Hall.