A school in Greenford is among just a handful in the country to be given a top academic honour by the Department of Education (DoE).

Cardinal Wiseman has been hailed for pupils' "outstanding achievement" in England, maths and science, as well as their progress between Year 7 and GCSE.

The school, whose alumni include rapper Shiloh Mac, members of rock groups The Magic Numbers and Dragonforce and former Blackburn Rovers striker turned football pundit Jason Roberts, has been awarded a double gold standard seal of academic approval by the DoE.

It is the only school in Ealing borough to receive the accolade and is just one of 34 non-selective schools in the country.

Headteacher Michael Kiely said: “It really is something to be proud of. The staff here are second to none. We have a strong, dedicated team of teachers and governors and massive support from parents.

"Our pupils are well motivated and work hard, evidenced by fifty Year 11s achieving eight or more A*/A grades at GCSE."

Other famed alumni include actor and comedian Javone Prince and Ministry of Sound DJs David Murtagh and Chris Thomaidis.

Enthusiasm and independence

Mr Kiely, appointed head in 2010, said the school's philosophy was to ensure students were well grounded in English, maths and science to give them flexibility when it came to choosing their career or study paths.

“Our goal is to develop enthusiastic and, eventually, independent learners, the foundation of which has to be subject knowledge, particularly in those three key subjects," he said.

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The head added he was "bemused" by the government's maligned new grammar schools policy and said it would damage social mobility.

“The learning experience at Cardinal Wiseman sees student mixing with others from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds," he said.

"This reflects the great city in which they live and may contribute to in the future."

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