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Painsley brings up its half-century in style

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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THE high school of golden swimmer Adam Peaty is celebrating its 50th anniversary next month.

Painsley Catholic College, attended by hundreds of Uttoxeter pupils, is off to a flying start with its celebrations following a set of 'truly outstanding' GCSE results which have surpassed all previous records.

For the first time in its history, 84 per cent of the Year 11 students at the non-selective academy achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths.

The results place Painsley as one of the highest achieving schools in the whole of the country.

Stephen Bell, principal at the college, said, "I am delighted that our 50th anniversary coincides with a set of wonderful results which reflect the efforts of the students, the staff, parents and directors.

"Furthermore, our ex-student, Adam Peaty, has made us all incredibly proud with his outstanding achievements over the summer.

"Indeed, we have a determination that all of the children fulfil their individual potential and are proud of the responsible attitude that they adopt towards their studies.

"The results secure the college's reputation as a centre of excellence where children are happy and successful in a caring, studious and disciplined environment.

"We are committed to providing an outstanding education for all of our students which is too often equated to a selective or fee-paying system."

Parents interested in sending their child to the high-achieving school have a good chance of securing a place following an increase in the capacity of the college.

A new £1 million teaching block, which will be opened in September, will boost the number of pupils the school can take.

Prospective parents will have the opportunity to visit the College on Wednesday, September 17, at 7pm.

They will be offered a tour of the facilities on offer and a talk from the principal and senior staff.

Although Painsley Catholic College is located in Cheadle, which neighbours Tean, more than 200 pupils from Uttoxeter attend the school, with Mr Bell predicting more will join in the future.

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