The Headteacher of Royton and Crompton School, Mr. Desmond Herlihy, attended a reception at 10 Downing Street which was hosted by Tony and Cherie Blair on Wednesday 10 May. The reception was to honour Headteachers who had contributed to improving educational standards to enable more children and young people to fulfil their potential. Mr. Herlihy had been identified by the Department of Education and Skills.
Mr. Herlihy said, ‘It is clear to me that I was invited because of the excellent progress which Royton and Crompton School has made over the last three years culminating in our outstanding performance at GCSE this year when we reached 68% 5A*-C passes which is significantly above the national average. This has been achieved by the huge efforts and dedication of so many teaching and support staff. Governors deserve credit for their belief in, and support for, the school. This highly prestigious, national recognition is conclusive evidence of what we have achieved. We are a non-selective state school which has demonstrated rapid cycle improvement and this has obviously attracted the attention of the Government. Visiting Downing Street and attending the reception was a very special occasion; the sense of history permeates the building. The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, made a short speech in which he once again praised the powerful effect of education and how teachers make unique and lasting contributions to the lives and life chances of young people and he thanked us for our work. I regard this event as a reward for our collective efforts. Well done to everybody associated with Royton and Crompton School - Specialist Science College.’
D. Herlihy 11 May 2006
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