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An Eden Valley secondary school has been recognised as an outstanding provider by Ofsted. Following its recent "outstanding" Ofsted report, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Sports College has been awarded the official certificate.
Only 16 per cent of schools nationally receive such recognition and appear on the Outstanding Provider list.
Head teacher David Keetley said: "We are very proud to receive this award, but all the staff and pupils at KSGS know that we cannot sit still. The drive to improve further goes on."
The status remains as long as the school continues to be judged outstanding. From April, the school will take on a second specialism in Applied Learning as a result of it being designated a High Performing Specialist School by the DCSF. The school intends to work in partnership with other Eden Schools and some independent schools to develop new applied learning courses and activities.
The school has also been notified by the British Council that it has been awarded the intermediate International Award in recognition of its many strong links with schools in the Czech Republic, South Africa, and variety of visits abroad.
Director of Specialism, Mark Bromfield said: "The international dimension is a feature of our curriculum. "We now intend to go for the full award as soon as possible."
Director of Specialism, Mark Bromfield, Head Teacher David Keetley and members of Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Council receive the two awards at the smallest secondary school in England with a sixth form.