School celebrates

A LEIGH secondary school is celebrating after being named the most improved school in Wigan borough.

Performance tables published last week showed Westleigh High School, on Westleigh Lane, had made the biggest strides in improving its exam results of any school in Wigan, and was also the fourth most improved secondary school in Greater Manchester.

Fifty-five per cent of Westleigh’s pupils achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths in 2011, a 19 per cent improvement on the previous year and the school’s best-ever results.

Headteacher John Banks said: “We are all absolutely delighted for the students who have gained these excellent results. The students worked very hard to achieve these grades, and fully deserve the exciting futures ahead of them at college and university.

“It is evident that the strategies we put in place to remove barriers to learning has reaped the rewards and this year’s Year 11 cohort are predicted to do better.”

Councillors and politicians also praised the improvements at Westleigh.

Leigh MP Andy Burnham said: “It fills me with pride to see the incredible progress that has been made at Westleigh High School.

“The whole town is proud of a school that is the most improved in the Borough and one of the most improved in Greater Manchester.

“These achievements by the children are outstanding and they are a credit to Leigh, and my message to them is to keep up the good work.”

Coun Susan Loudon for Atherleigh ward said: “Westleigh High School has, over the last few years, always produced good results and that is good for the school, for Leigh and for the Borough.”