Schools pass national GCSE targets

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SCHOOLS around the Wetherby district have all exceeded the government target for GCSE results.

The results published in the national league tables this week show all secondary schools in the district gained more than the 35 per cent benchmark laid down by the government.

The government target is for 35 per cent of pupils to achieve five GCSEs at A-C including maths and English - this is set to be increased to 50 per cent by 2015.

At Wetherby High School 157 pupils sat GCSEs with 61 per cent gaining five GCSEs with grades A* to C including English and maths.

Headteacher Andrea Barnes said they were very pleased with the results.

“We are very pleased that on the key measure of five GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and maths we are the highest performing Leeds school in the North East area,” she said.

“This academic year we entered all of our current Year 11 students for their GCSE Maths exam in November which is seven months early.

“A staggering 70 per cent of the year group achieved a grade C or better including a record number of A* grades.

“We now fully expect our GCSE results this summer to build on the high standards attained in previous years, further consolidating our reputation as a school which ensures our students achieve great exam results.”

Tadcaster Grammar School also achieved well above average in the league tables, with a total of 77 per cent of 262 pupils achieving GCSE grades A* to C in five subjects including English and maths.

Speaking to the News, headteacher Geoff Mitchell, said: “The results were a true reflection of all the energy that was directed towards our students, to ensure they were able to meet the ambitious targets we set for them.

“I am extremely proud of their achievement and look forward to their continued success.

“Staff and parents worked together and went the extra mile to secure these results, aided by the drive and determination of the students themselves.”

Meanwhile Sherburn High School also did well with a 52 per cent pass rate out of 141 pupils.

Headteacher Martyn Sybley said: “We are very pleased the standard of attainment at GCSE, which we believe to be good and are particularly pleased with our A Level results which will put us in the top 25 per cent of schools nationally.”

The private Gateways School in Harewood and the Grammar School Leeds at Alwoodley both had excellent pass rates of 100 and 99 per cent respectively.

Headteacher of The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) Mike Gibbons, said: “We are absolutely delighted for our students, as well as their teachers and parents who support them in their studies.

“At GSAL we seek to offer a challenging curriculum which encompasses plenty of choice.

“We want all of our pupils to do well and make the most of their talents and we encourage them to explore a range of subjects around a central core at GCSE.”

Across Leeds, there was also an increase in the number of young people achieving five or more GCSEs including English and Maths – 53.7 per cent – over a three per cent increase on the previous year’s results.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for children’s services, said that schools right across Leeds had performed well.

She said: “It is fantastic news that the city’s young people have done so well in their GCSEs, and this is further evidence that we have a broad and balanced curriculum in Leeds.

“Young people across the city have put in a lot of effort to achieve these results, along with excellent support from their schools, teaching and learning staff, and support from their families.”

For the league tables, please turn to page 27.