Carleton High School Awarded Most Improved School in North of England

Published: November 17, 2020 3:45 pm

Carleton High School in Pontefract, part of Pontefract Academies Trust, has been hailed as the most improved school in the North of England, according to the Fairer Secondary Schools Index league tables, published by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership

The index ranks schools on a contextual progress score that takes pupils’ backgrounds into account.  Even prior to this award, Carleton High School has been making history with their phenomenal progress having moved from special measures to Ofsted good in just twelve months which in the education sector is very rare.

Chief Executive Officer of Pontefract Academies Trust, Julian Appleyard OBE said: “This is incredibly pleasing and is exactly what we set out to achieve.  Carleton High School is going from strength to strength and is one of the most improved schools in the country for progress 8.  To achieve most improved school in the North of England is just the icing on the cake and is testament to the hard work, dedication and persistence of our students, parents and staff.”

Jo Cross, Headteacher at Carleton High School said: “We’re all so proud to hear this news. We’ve all worked very hard and our can do attitude and achievement focused culture is what’s brought us to where we are today.  Our students believe in themselves and we believe in them which is so important.  There isn’t a ceiling as to what our young people can achieve and we’ll continue with our unwavering focus to bring all our students the first class education that they deserve.”

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership is chaired by George Osborne and has a business-led Board which features influential business figures from across the North of England. Prominent city leaders across the region are also represented on the Board, in addition to Jim O’Neill, former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, and John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North (TfN). NPP is non-political and will maintain an all-party approach.  For more information or to see the report please visit:

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