Woldgate is among most improved schools in the country

Woldgate School headteacher Jonathan Britton with pupils.
Woldgate School headteacher Jonathan Britton with pupils.

Pocklington’s Woldgate School and Sixth Form College has been recognised as one of the most improved schools in the country.

Nick Gibb MP, who is the Minister of State for Schools, has contacted Woldgate to acknowledge the remarkable achievement and to congratulate all concerned.

The Minster wished to convey his “warmest congratulations” to staff and pupils for the “school’s excellent improvement.”

Mr Gibb also said the “school is one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England showing the greatest sustained improvement” out of more than 3,800 schools nationally.

The school is also now ranked as one of the very best in the region, considerably outperforming its neighbouring schools in York and the East Riding, as one of the highest achieving schools in Yorkshire.

The chairman of the governing body, John Sinclair, has already written to “thank pupils, parents and staff for their exceptional work in classrooms and within the school community at large.” He added: “The care provided for our children and the results, not only academically, but also in life

skills, pride and confidence, shine through in our pupils. And that work contin-

ues apace to make this

school exceptional.”

The headteacher, Jonathan Britton, spoke upon his appointment over a year ago about how he believed the future for Woldgate School was an exciting one, saying it was “an opportunity to recognise the many achievements of the school to date, but also to create a new vision, to ensure Woldgate School is firmly established as one of the very best secondary schools in the area.”

With the school now recognised as one of the very best, the headteacher continues to remain focused on teaching and ensuring the school provides the very best education for its children.

He said: “Our absolute focus is on making Woldgate School a community where each child is known and cared for as an individual. Our vision is of a school with a supportive and caring community where a child’s talents can grow through academic study and the opportunity to participate in the many activities, productions and visits that make Woldgate School and Sixth Form College unique, a school with a positive, welcoming, warm atmosphere, in which pupils take pride in their achievements, where we ensure each individual pupil achieves academically, through consistently good teaching, in an environment that seeks to nurture their love of learning and challenges them to excel.”

He added: “It is a privilege to work with such exceptional young people, supportive parents and fellow teaching colleagues who are also committed to ensuring our vision for our school and community remains at the heart

of all we do.”

The school has also seen a 20% rise in applications for Year 7 and has record numbers of Year 11 from the school and beyond applying to study at Woldgate Sixth Form College. Woldgate believes that the record rise in applications is a reflection of the changes that have been brought about at the school and the determination to see pupils achieving highly. The school prides itself on being a welcoming community and is committed to remaining a small, supportive and caring school where pupils receive the very best teaching.

The Minister also expressed his thanks for the school’s “work in this important area of a young person’s education” and passed on his congratulations to the staff for their “hard work and professionalism.”