Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School - a Leading Edge school in the top 2% of schools in England.
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School is an oversubscribed, high performing, co-educational school of 860 pupils which includes a thriving Sixth Form of over 100 students. Graded as “Good” by OFSTED in 2012 and “Good with outstanding features” by the Diocese of Portsmouth in 2013, the school is located in West Reading and has been congratulated on its success by the former Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP.
Its exam results in 2012 and in 2013 make it one of the best schools of its type in the country, according to the OFSTED Data Dashboard and the Department of Education, with the school being 1st on the Department of Education's list of 55 similar schools.
In November 2013 the Department for Education released its information on schools across England which they call Raise Online.
The value added (VA) figures released for BHF are phenomenal. The higher the school’s VA score, the more progress the pupils in the school are making, with 1,000 representing the national average. The VA figure is a measure of how much expected progress a student makes from their entry into the school in Year 7 and what they leave with five years later. BHF’s VA score is 1043.3, which is one of the best figures in England and puts the school in the top 2% of schools in England.
In March 2014 BHF was invited by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust to become a "Leading Edge" school. In writing to the Headteacher about this, the school was described as highly successful and high performing and is in a position to share its good practice with other schools. The school is on the 2013 Sunday Times list of top 500 state schools, sitting at number 472 and in January 2014 was listed as the 5th most improved school in the country by the Daily Telegraph.
The school welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from all over the Reading and West Berkshire areas. Priority is given to Catholic applicants but the school welcomes all prospective candidates and offers a genuinely excellent education to those who support what we stand for – education based on our Catholic and gospel values.