School celebrates as awards recognise high achievement

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ONLY a month into the academic year, a Bury St Edmunds school is already celebrating awards recognition.

County Upper School, in Beetons Way, has been given four prestigious awards. After a re-inspection in the summer term, the school was granted its specialist status for a further three years, meaning it remains a high performing science and languages college and a lead school for gifted and talented activity.

Following another re-inspection, County retained its international status for a further three years.

Meanwhile, it also gained the Prince’s Institute Charter Mark for History, based on the numbers of pupils taking the subject a GCSE and A-level and the quality of teaching and exam results.

Then, out of the blue, the school received a letter to say it had been selected as a consultant school by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust of behalf of the Department of Education, as a result of its consistent exam results, Ofsted reports and advice given to other organisations and underperforming schools.

Headteacher Vicky Neale said: “These awards cover just about everything we do and recognise what the town and wider community knows – that this is a very strong school.”