STUDENTS and staff at a city school are celebrating two prestigious awards.
Farringdon Community Sports College has been awarded both accolades from the national Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, SSAT.
The first award was for the most improved Specialist Sports College in the country over the last four years and the second was for the most improved specialist school in the North East over the last four years.
Howard Kemp, headteacher at the Allendale Road school, said the awards relate to the school’s 34 per cent increase in the number of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and maths – the Government benchmark – from 28 per cent in 2007 to 62 per cent last year.
Mr Kemp said: “We are delighted and very proud to receive these accolades from the SSAT.
“To be rated as the best school in the region for improved results is an outstanding achievement and to be recognised as the best Sports College in the country is very special.
“Improvements such as these do not happen by accident. This award is recognition of the outstanding efforts of all the staff, students and parents at Farringdon Community Sports College.
“I would like to pay tribute, in particular, to the teaching staff who routinely “go the extra mile” for our students. They are a very special group of people and it is a privilege to work with them.
“My particular thanks must go to my predecessor, Dave Thornton, who led the school so successfully.”
Mr Kemp said: “We fully expect results to improve again this year and will not rest on this success as we seek to make Farringdon the best school that it can possibly be.”