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A SECONDARY school has some of the most improved exam results in the country, a national education organisation has revealed.

Bedford High School, in Leigh, is in the top 10 per cent of schools in the UK for showing outstanding continuous improvements after achieving a 19 per cent rise in the number of pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSE grades, including in English and mathematics, between 2008 and 2011.

The school’s achievements were revealed by SSAT, the representative body for schools, under its new rankings which calculate how much progress schools are making.

The school, on Manchester Road, has also been presented with a certificate to mark the improvements.

School business and finance manager Daniel Meekin said: “We are proud to announce we are one of the most improved schools in the country based on our excellent results.

“Our thanks are due to the governors, parents, pupils and teachers who have all contributed towards our continuous success.”

Sue Williamson, SSAT’s Chief Executive, said: “Bedford High School should be congratulated for their stunning achievements in improving their GCSE results.

“There is a lot that other schools could learn from their success. Their results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the pupils, teachers and leadership team and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person.

“Successful schools understand the value of data in helping to ensure all young people perform to the very best of their ability. Progress measures show how schools raise achievements above expectations.”

The SSAT seeks to shape a world-class education system and represents more than 5,000 schools.