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Edition No. 100

Date:- 24 May 2003

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It's just One, two, three for A to C!

OUR Lady's Catholic High School is celebrating a hat trick after winning a School achievement Award for the third year running. Progress at our Lady’s has been staggering as quarter of pupils taking their GCSEs achieved an A to C grade. This is a massive 15% increase on the year before, when only 12 percent of pupils gained five a-c grades, the year before that it was as low as nine per cent.

Deputy head teacher Colin McLeod said:- "The staff are really dedicated to the job and go the extra mile to help children achieve that little bit more. We monitor the children's progress closely and put extra support in where it's needed. Attendance rates are now good too, and that is another plus."

Colin Hilton, executive director of education said:- "It's a credit to the children and the staff and just shows what can be done when schools work hard to achieve real improvements, and where children look forward to coming to school. This is exactly the sort of improvement that Liverpool has been encouraging."

The awards are given to the 7,000 fastest improving schools in the country, not only did the school receive a plaque but it also gained nearly £16,000 from the government for their work. Compared to similar schools, Our Lady's Catholic High pupils were judged to have performed better than other schools in similar circumstances. 

The success does not stop their for Liverpool schools, as this year seven other schools are also celebrating notching up their third national Achievement Awards for improved examination successes. They are King David, Bellrive, St Hildas, Cardinal Heenan, St Margarets CE, Archbishop Blanche and St Edwards, all of them in Liverpool.

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LIVERPOOL rolled out the red carpet on March as it continued to learn what it takes to be a European Capital of Culture. 
Just a few days after the city welcomed visitors from Salamanca - the 2002 European Capital of Culture - Liverpool is now opening its arms to the 2001 Capital Riga.

For the next four days the VIP team from the Latvian capital's Cultural Board and city council's development committee will be given a tour of the cultural delights of Liverpool from the FACT Centre to the Tate Gallery.

The two cities will sign an historic Letter of Intent to establish a special relationship that will provide a huge boost to Liverpool's Capital of Culture bid as the city will be building links with a country wishing to enter the European Union. The letter will take Liverpool and Riga, which is also a port, a step closer to developing economic and cultural relationships such as the one the city boasts with Dublin, Cologne, and Shanghai.

The delegation headed by Chairman of Riga city, Andris Ameriks, was given a tour of the Tate Gallery and took the Mersey Ferry as part of Liverpool city council aims to forge links with the two cities.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor Councillor Jack Spriggs said:- "I'm delighted we are offering our hand in friendship to Riga and I'm sure the next four days will be hugely beneficial. Riga is a city that is regenerating itself through culture as is Liverpool. We clearly have much to learn from each other and hopefully we can follow in their footsteps in 2008.''


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