Rising to the challenge as school climbs the tables

Rastick High school was the top comprehensive school in the latest school tables. Pictured are head teacher Steve Evans and year 7 students Sejal Sinha and Miles Riach
Rastick High school was the top comprehensive school in the latest school tables. Pictured are head teacher Steve Evans and year 7 students Sejal Sinha and Miles Riach

Rastrick High School has been ranked as the top comprehensive school in Calderdale in the latest league table results.

Despite the borough showing a decline in pass rates, the school saw the biggest improvement with 61 per cent of pupils achieving five good GCSEs including English and maths in the 2013 exams to 73 per cent in the latest figures.

Head teacher Steve Evans said after his appointment in 2013 the school has stepped up to the new challenges.

“There has been no quick fixes or anything else. It is the result of focusing on improving teaching that has got our results and focus on targets for students. Everyone has stepped up to the challenge.

“We have an ethos which is built around having successes we can achieve and that competitive spirit is really bearing fruit now and I think it’s seen in those fantastic results.”

The other Brighouse area schools percentage of eligible students that achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths: Brighouse High : 68 per cent of 213 eligible students; Hipperholme Grammar: 67 per cent of 45 eligible students. Rastrick Independent School: 63 per cent of eight eligible students. Hipperholme and Lightcliffe: 48 per cent of 233 eligible students.