NOTTINGHAMSHIRE: Schools show improvement at GCSE

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Nottinghamshire pupils achieved higher than the national average in their GCSE grades for the second year in a row, according to figures released by the Department for Education.

63.4 per cent of Nottinghamshire pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades (including English and maths) in their GCSEs last summer according to final statistics released yesterday.

This is a 2.8 per cent increase on 2012 and sees the county move ten places up the local authority league to 45 per cent.

The national average for five or more A* to C grades (including English and maths) is 59.2 per cent, a decrease of 0.2% on 2012 results.

22.7 per cent of pupils achieved the English Baccalaureate – A* - C grades in English, mathematics, two sciences, history or geography and a foreign language – a significant increase of 7.8 per cent on last year, a council spokesman said.

County council committee chairman for children and young people’s services, Coun John Peck said: “Not only have we closed the gap on the Government’s main measure of achievement introduced in 2006, but the county has continued its upward trajectory.

“This is a direction of travel I’m confident we can build on in the years to come, given how hard our teachers have been working to support pupils and raise standards along with targeted intervention with pupils while they’re in Key Stage 3.”

County-wide 88.4 per cent of pupils obtained 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE, not including English and maths, an increase of 0.8 per cent on last year.

John Slater, service director for education standards, said: “We aim to ensure that pupils receive the best possible support in relation to core subjects which will result in greater success for the more vulnerable learners embarking on GCSE courses.”

He added: “Nottinghamshire County Council remains committed to working in partnership with all schools across the county to ensure children and families have access to the highest quality education.”

Joseph Whitaker in Warsop came top of the pile in the Mansfield area with 73 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths.

While Brunts and Garibaldi also performed well with 68 per cent and 67 per cent respectively.

Ashfield School achieved 58 per cent, while over the border in Derbyshire, Shirebrook Academy achieved 64 per cent.

Bottom of the pile was Queen Elizabeth’s with just 34 per cent passing the five A* to C with maths and English target, while Sutton Centre and Bolsover School also performed poorly with 44 per cent and 42 per cent respectively.