School exam league tables are released

NEAASCHLM110413D2 - Kimberley school award for improved GCSE results. Headteacher Chris Teal and PE teacher/ student voice co-ordinator David Sells front from left, Alex Cargill, 13 Director of Learning Shan Andrews and Megan Campbell, 11
NEAASCHLM110413D2 - Kimberley school award for improved GCSE results. Headteacher Chris Teal and PE teacher/ student voice co-ordinator David Sells front from left, Alex Cargill, 13 Director of Learning Shan Andrews and Megan Campbell, 11

LEAGUE tables showing how our secondary schools fared in last year’s exams have been published.

The Kimberley School and Selston Arts and Community College scored above the county average with their GCSE results, with 59 per cent of Kimberley School pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs, or equivalent qualifications, and 58 per cent of Selston students.

Eastwood Comprehensive School and Aldercar Language College, however, both fell below the 57.6 per cent county average, with figures of 46 per cent and 43 per cent respectively.

Last year The Kimberley School was the lowest performing secondary school for GCSE results in our area, but this year it leapt a massive 11 per cent – taking it to the top of the tree locally.

Deputy headteacher Andy Park said he put the school’s improvements down to simple hard work.

“Improvements we made were down to careful planning to raise achievement and a great deal of hard work by both staff and students,” he told the Advertiser. “Our progress rates in maths and English are pleasing and, with nearly 20 per cent of our GCSE grades at A* or A, it really was an excellent year.”

Mr Park said the figure would climb to 60 per cent of students who achieved top grades, once a further 100 exam papers were accounted for in March.

Added to the tables last year was the English Baccalaureate, shown as a percentage of students who achieved grade A* to C in five subjects including English, maths, two science subjects, a language, and either history or geography.

The top performing schools in our area under this measure were Eastwood Comprehensive School and The Kimberley School, both with 15 per cent of pupils achieving passes in the six subjects.

At Selston Arts and Community College, just three per cent of students made it. The college also had a low score for the Baccalaureate last year.

New headteacher Kevin Gaiderman said: “It’s just one figure in terms of the measurements and it’s very prescriptive.

“I’m delighted with the general overall improvements year-on-year here at the college, particularly the number of pupils achieving in English and maths.

“We are also in the top 16 per cent of schools nationally for how much our students progress during their time here.”

Mr Gaiderman said in 2008 just 32 per cent of students at the college achieved five GCSEs grade A* to C, compared to 58 per cent this year.

At The Kimberley School 78 per cent of students got three A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications, at Eastwood the percentage was 57 and at Aldercar 64. A-Levels are not taken in Selston.

Mr Parks at the Kimberley School said: “The improvement in the school’s performance at A-Level was even more impressive.

“A-Level students in 2011, on average, achieved a whole grade higher in each of their subjects than students in 2010.”

The national average for the number of people who got five or more GCSEs grade A* to C was 58.2 per cent.

Last year the national average was 53 per cent.

Locally last year, 53 per cent of students at Selston Arts and Community College achieved the five A*-C grades, at Eastwood Comprehensive School it was 49 per cent and at The Kimberley School it was 47 per cent.