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Education minister's praise for Wirral school
SENIOR Government Minister David Laws has raised his hat to a Wirral school for a top-of-the-class performance in the new School Performance Tables.
Wallasey's Weatherhead School was commended by the Minister of State for Schools as one of the top 56 performing secondary schools in England.
And it was ranked number one for schools across the country that had the same intake profile.
The performance tables – taking in 3,000 school countrywide - related to students’ progress on entering Weatherhead to their final GCSE results..
David Laws wrote to school headmaster Neil Dyment: "I congratulate staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and thank you for your leadership."
He urged the school to continue to work with other schools in the area and further afield so that, in his words, "all children get the chance to go to a school as good as yours".
Mr Dyment said: "It is difficult on occasions for parents to get objective judgements in relation to the school's success.
"However, this letter from the Government along with our 2012 Outstanding Ofsted Report confirms how well we work together - students, staff, governors and parents - to try and provide the best possible education for the children in this community."
Weatherhead is currently making a bid for Teaching School status to help drive forward initiatives to collaborate with local educational partners.
The school has run a professional development seminar for schools to assist with Ofsted Inspection preparation.
Further workshops will be organised in 2013/14. Weatherhead also became a Leadership Partner School in 2008 and has become a Centre of Excellence for Leadership, recognised by the National College.
The school will host an Open Evening on Thursday, September 19, from 6pm to 8pm for parents and primary school students.
An Open Morning for Parents and Carers will take place on Friday, September 20 from 9am till 11.15am.
Parents can tour the school with Weatherhead students and meet with Senior Staff.
Further to consultation with Primary Schools, primary students have not been invited on this occasion to prevent disruption to their studies at school.
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