College found to be twice as good

Linton Village College SSAT awards June 2014
Linton Village College SSAT awards June 2014

Linton Village College has won two national awards for pupil achievement and progress, the only school in Cambridgeshire to get a both accolades.

The college came out top after recent analysis by the Department for Education on all state-funded schools in England by SSAT (the Schools Network).

Linton qualified for two SSAT awards by being in the top 20 percent of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between primary school and GCSE results at age 16, and also in the top 20 percent nationally for high attainment based on an average of the best eight GCSE results for each student.

Although other local schools received one or other of these awards, Linton Village College was the only school in Cambridgeshire to win the double awards for progress and achievement.

Principal Caroline Derbyshire said: “We are proud to have been recognised once again as one of the best schools in the country.

“I am particularly proud that we were the only secondary school in Cambridgeshire to win awards both for student progress and overall achievement.”

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT, said: “Linton Village College should be congratulated for its exceptional achievement. These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team.”

Ms Derbyshire recently spoke out about funding, following news that the Department for Education may allocate additional money in 2015 to “less well-funded education authorities like Cambridgeshire”.

Writing in the latest issue of Camps Review she said: “For those of us who have been campaigning for change, it would be a step in the right direction. In the meantime, Linton area schools are still faced with balancing ridiculously small budgets. We cope through ingenuity and the generosity of our community.

“We have been delighted by the way in which the wider community has rallied to support us. We have had donations of furniture from Shell, donations of second-hand, but still very workable computers from Marshall’s, donations of time and energy from volunteers who support our reading intervention schemes, the amazing fund-raising efforts of our friends group and the donations to the college trust fund that our parents sign up to.

“State education shouldn’t work like a charity. Sufficient funding should be an entitlement for our young people.”