A town school is bucking Derbyshire and national trends after recording its best-ever GCSE grades.
New league tables from the Department for Education show 71 per cent of Hasland Hall Community School pupils clinched top marks in their GCSEs last year – up from 60 per cent in 2013 – making it the best-performing secondary in Chesterfield.
Headteacher Heather Boulton said: “These results were the best in the history of the school.
“We were delighted for the students – they and the staff worked extremely hard and we also appreciated the excellent support we had from parents.”
Overall, the number of Derbyshire pupils achieving top grades in their GCSE exams dropped by nearly ten per cent in a year.
The Government figures show 53.7 per cent of pupils were awarded five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, in 2014 – compared to 59.1 per cent the previous year.
At the same time, the national average fell from 59.2 per cent in 2013 to 53.4 per cent last year.
The drop comes after changes to the exam system led to tougher tests, a ban on coursework and a clampdown on re-sits.
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said it was not possible to compare the 2014 tables with the previous year because of the Government’s controversial changes.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Fundamentally young people’s achievement matters more than being able to trumpet ever higher grades.”
Two schools in Chesterfield failed to reach the Government’s target of 40 per cent of pupils obtaining five good GCSEs. At Newbold Community School, last years’s figure was 39 per cent – compared to 51 per cent in 2013. Parkside Community School recorded a figure of 35 per cent in 2014, down from 37 per cent in 2013.
GCSE league table results for all the schools in the Derbyshire Times’ area...
Alfreton Grange Arts College, from 51 in 2013 to 27 in 2014 (percentage difference); Anthony Gell, 60 to 56; Bolsover School, 42 to 43; Brookfield Academy, 76 to 67; Dronfield Henry Fanshawe, 69 to 74; Eckington, 59 to 54; Frederick Gent, 43 to 52; Hasland Hall Community, 60 to 71; Heritage High, 51 to 43; Highfields, 70 to 69; Hope Valley College, 81 to 63; John Flamsteed Community, 59 to 53; Lady Manners, 77 to 59; Mill Hill, 63 to 51; Netherthorpe, 65 to 53; Newbold Community, 51 to 39; Parkside Community, 37 to 35; St Mary’s Catholic High, 80 to 70; Shirebrook Academy, 64 to 49; Springwell Community, 57 to 45; Swanwick Hall, 58 to 47; Tibshelf Community, 48 to 57; Tupton Hall, 53 to 52; Whittington Green, 39 to 41.