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Educational Trust praised by Schools Minister
A NORTH-EAST educational trust has won praise from a Government minister after being ranked top in the country when compared with similar schools.
The Carmel Education Trust has received a letter of commendation from Minister of State for Schools David Laws for the outstanding performance of Carmel College, Darlington, now rated top by the similar schools measure of the School Performance Tables.
The indicator looks at schools across the country with similar intakes judged by their Key Stage 2 results.
As well as being placed first in the country, the minister also highlighted the fact that Carmel College saw ten per cent more pupils achieve five good GCSE results, including the key subjects of maths and English, than was typical of schools of its type.
"This is a fantastic achievement that you should be very proud of," he told the trust's chief executive officer Maura Regan, thanking her for her leadership, praising the hard work of staff, governors and students and urging the organisation to share best practice.
Miss Regan has now written back to the minister inviting him to visit Carmel College to hear more about the work of the trust.
The trust consists of: Carmel College; St Michael's Academy, Billingham; Holy Family RC Primary School and St Augustine's RC Primary School, Darlington and St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Stockton, with plans to add another primary school in December.
Within the trust Carmel College sets the standards with 91 per cent of pupils achieving 5A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths, this year and a 100 per cent pass rate at A Level, with more than half achieving the highest grades of A* to B.
Miss Regan said: "We are thrilled that the minister endorses our work and this can't fail to encourage us even more in our endeavours."
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