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Best Performing Schools in York and North Yorkshire


8:18am 25th January 2013

York and North Yorkshire have the best performing schools in the region.

New figures show more than six in ten children get five or more A-star to C grades - including English and Maths.

North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire’s schools and colleges have risen to the very top of the national performance table rankings with overall scores and those of many schools showing strong improvements, say North Yorkshire County Council.  The county, the add, now ranks in the top ten per cent of local authorities nationally for GCSE results, with the county’s schools improving at a much faster rate than the national average.


At GCSE, North Yorkshire County Council say it is first in the Yorkshire and Humberside area and ranks 13th out of 150 authorities nationally for its schools’ GCSE 5 A*-C results including English and Maths – with over 65 per cent of pupils reaching that level, well above the national rate of 59.4per cent.


They add that the number of young people who achieved a C or above in Maths increased significantly, by nearly six per cent to over 76 per cent.


Several of North Yorkshire local authority maintained schools improved their GCSE 5 A*-C results including English and Maths significantly; for example St Augustine’s in Scarborough by 15 per cent; Richmond School by 13 per cent and Selby High School, Brayton High School and Risedale Sports and Community College by ten per cent, say the Council.


Adding that across the county the proportion of pupils achieving at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C, or equivalent qualifications, in any subjects rose to over 85 per cent - again well above the national figure of 81.8 per cent.


North Yorkshire County Council say the county also ranks first in the Yorkshire and Humber region and 20th nationally for achievement in the English Baccalaureate, awarded to pupils who achieve at least a C grade in five specific GCSE subjects - English, maths, a humanity, a language and two sciences. They add that, the county has moved up the performance table and over 22 per cent of pupils across the county gained the English Baccalaureate compared to 18.3 per cent nationally. 


For post-16 students North Yorkshire ranks 15th out of 150 authorities for points per A-level entry and 17th in the country for the percentage of students gaining three A*-A grades at A-level, say the local authority. Nearly 88 per cent of North Yorkshire students gained at least three A levels or equivalent, they add.


County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools said: “This is a really stunning set of results. The figures show today that the county’s schools prepare our young people very well for their next steps into training or further and higher education.  This means they are able to access the full range of choices, including access to the top universities.


“These results once again show North Yorkshire’s commitment to ensuring that all students can meet their full potential and that strong partnerships between schools and between schools and the local authority have led to even higher standards.”

City of York Council

City of York Council's Children’s Services leaders say they have welcomed government figures, which show that York schools are continuing to excel at Key Stage 4.

The Key Stage 4 School Performance Tables show that many York schools achieved excellent results and are well above national averages, say York City Council, adding that within this overall picture, there has been real individual pupil success.

They say that tables show that in the academic year 2011/12, 88% of young people in York achieved five or more A* to C grades, an improvement of 4 percentage points from last year. The percentage of pupils gaining five or more A*–C grades, including English and Maths GCSE, is 63%, which is also an improvement of 1 percentage point from 2011, say City of York Council. Both these results place York in the top 20 per cent of Local Authorities in England, they add. 

Whilst the overall results have improved, results for those pupils eligible for free school meals have increased significantly for the 3rd successive year in a row, demonstrating the positive impact of local initiatives this year to narrow the gap, say the council.

Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education at City of York Council, said, “We are all delighted that York has significantly improved upon the successes of last year and we would like to congratulate all pupils. We would also like to thank all members of staff, governors and families in supporting their young people with their achievements.”


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