GABLE HALL is in the top 20 per cent of schools in the country for progress its pupils undergo during their years there.

And the Corringham academy has been handed an award for the achievement.

It comes following detailed analysis of government data on public schools in England by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) - the national schools’ membership organisation for improvement and collaboration - which found Gable Hall is among the best for progress made by its pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT said: "Gable Hall School 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, and I hope many schools will join us at the celebration ceremony for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools."

Stephen Metcalfe, the Tory MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: "This is an exceptional achievement and a real testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and pupils at Gable Hall.

"I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all involved and my thanks to everyone who works so hard to maintain these standards."