Batley school stays in top three

A BATLEY school is among the best in Kirklees for helping pupils from poorer backgrounds to achieve good exam grades. Batley Girls’ High was in the top three for ‘value added’ exam results in a school league table.
It is the fourth year running that the 11to18 secondary, which became an academy in September, has been in the top three. 'Value added' is the way education chiefs assess grades achieved, compared to what pupils from lowerincome families might be expected to get.
The school’s value added score put it second in Kirklees and top of all those within a fivemile radius. Acting headteacher Joanne Atkinson said this year’s league table was especially outstanding given the disruption suffered over the last 12 months.
The school was subject to an onoff move or closure debate that ended with the school leaving Kirklees control to become an academy.
Mrs Atkinson said: “It's very pleasing that outcomes were maintained throughout the fight to save the school last year.”

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