A HEREFORD school has received national recognition for its work with GCSE students.

The Hereford Academy ranked in the top 20 per cent of schools across the country for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results in primary school and their GCSEs at age 16.

The school will collect the SSAT Educational Outcomes Award in June.

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT (The Schools Network), said: "The Hereford Academy should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share.

"The results are testament to the commitment and hard work of students, teachers and leadership teams and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person."