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College’s hard work sees it selected for national review

TENS of thousands of policymakers around Britain are reading about the success of Felpham Community College.


The college has been selected to appear in the 2015/16 edition of The Parliamentary Review.


A series of gala events at the House of Commons on Monday and today marked its publication.


Its release each September has become a key fixture in the political calendar since the publication was started by the Rt Hon David Curry in 2010. Felpham Community College features alongside the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, and a small number of outstanding schools in the secondary education south of England edition.


The review’s main aim is to highlight best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector. This edition is intended for leading policymakers and executives within secondary education.


Mark Anstiss, the college’s headteacher, said: “It is a genuine privilege to be showcased in the 2016 Parliamentary Review. This is a hugely prestigious publication with a national and international audience.


“To be honest, I was rather shocked when we were contacted about Felpham Community College but clearly someone in government believes we have a good story to tell. I am delighted that our school is getting the recognition it deserves and am looking forward to celebrating further successes in the future.”


The college achieved its best Ofsted report last January. The lead inspector who visited the college, Matthew Newberry, wrote: “Strong leadership from the headteacher and his senior team have brought about significant improvements to key aspects of the school, including pupils’ outcomes, since the last inspection.


“Gaps in achievement among different groups of pupils currently at the school are closing rapidly.”


This recognition was followed by excellent exam results last month. A*-C grades were gained by 75% of A-level passes and the GCSE results were a record at a 64% pass rate for five-plus A*-C including English and maths.


These facts alerted The Parliamentary Review’s staff to the progress made by the college of some 1,300 pupils led by Mr Anstiss and deputy headteachers Marion Harrington and Pat Ashman.


The Review’s director, Daniel Yossman, said: “It’s been an utter privilege to work with a range of schools from across the country in this year’s review.


Without their input, our aims of spreading expert knowledge and raising standards simply would not be achievable.”


The Rt Hon David Curry said: “There may be choppy waters ahead but organisations across the country would be well-advised to keep an eye on the representatives in this year’s review when deciding how to set their sails.”

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