Wakeman School hopes GCSE success will save it

The headteacher of a Shropshire secondary school with the axe hanging over it today said she hoped its record-breaking GCSE results would save it from closure.

The headteacher of a Shropshire secondary school with the axe hanging over it today said she hoped its record-breaking GCSE results would save it from closure.

Wakeman School in Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, saw 61.5 per cent of its pupils gain at least five A*s to Cs, including English and Maths, which was 16 per cent higher than the results for 2010.

A total of 76 per cent managed at least five passes at A* to C when English and Maths were not included. Karen Moore, headteacher at the Wakeman School, said she was delighted with the achievements of the pupils in what has been a difficult year.

“It shows we have kept our focus on what we need to be doing, offering the right sort of support and teaching. It is all credit to the parents and children as well,” she said.

Shropshire Council’s cabinet is set to meet on September 7 to decide on whether the school should shut its doors and Mrs Moore said she hoped the school’s strong performance would be taken into consideration when the decision is made.

Comments for: "Wakeman School hopes GCSE success will save it"

James

Never lived in Shrewsbury and live out of the country now so I've been only vaguely in tune with all the arguments surrounding the Wakeman but, given that it's under threat, these results definitely deserve congratulation.

I was a schoolkid in the 80s at a Shropshire school that was due for the axe under the LEA's ill-conceived 'Towards 2000' plan. In a funny sort of way, it all made for a stimulating school environment ; it brought the school community together (for the most part), it made me (and other students I'm sure) more politically aware and it helped me understand what fighting for your future means.

There don't seem to be good arguments for closing the Wakeman but, even if there were, I'd still be hoping it survives. If it does, I'm sure it will emerge all the better for the fight. Best of luck to all concerned.