MEDEN School and Technology College at Warsop has risen like a phoenix from the flames, with hard-working GSCE students outperforming both the county and the country.
In league tables published by the Department for Education, 67 per cent of pupils passed five GCSEs A*-C including maths and English – 14 per cent better than 2011.
The figure smashes the county and national averages of 60.6 and 59.4 per cent.
“The staff and governors are justifiably proud of the results,” said headteacher Dave Hooker. “The 31 per cent increase in the number of pupils achieving a least five A*-C grades including English and Maths over the last two years is a just and deserved reward for the efforts and desire to succeed shown by students, staff and parents.”
All Saints and Brunts were Mansfield’s best performers, with All Saints topping the local and national average with a 68 per cent pass rate.
Headteacher Maureen Cobbett said: “Our GCSE results are superb for the second year running, they certainly demonstrate what an excellent school All Saints is. This success builds on that achieved last year when the school was recognised by the Department for Education as being the 26th most improved school in the country. Staff, students and parents have worked tremendously hard to make All Saints a school where everyone can be successful.”
Brunts Academy, meanwhile, saw a healthy pass rate of 64 per cent. Deputy headteacher Martin Heartfield said: “We are once again delighted that our students have exceeded their targets set with our School Improvement Partner. We have inspired our students to make great progress, as evidenced in our Value Added figure rising from 1019 to 1030, making Brunts the highest performing school in the Mansfield area and the third highest in Nottinghamshire.”
At Samworth Academy the pass rate was 51 per cent - a huge step in the right direction and nine percent up on 2011.
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy foots the table with a pass rate of just 36 per cent, three per cent less than last year.
At Shirebrook Academy, 65 per cent passed with flying colours. Garibaldi recorded a 14 per cent improvement on 2011 with 59 per cent passing
“This is the first time the school has ever reached the national average, so obviously we’re delighted,” said headteacher Chris James.
Southwell’s Minster school topped the table with an impressive 85 percent pass rate, while Joseph Whitaker fell just below average with 57 per cent of pupils passing.
At Dukeries, just 43 per cent of pupils passed the big five, beating 2011 results by two per cent.Manor achieved a 49 percent pass rate in 2012, identical to the school’s 2011 figures.