North Yorkshire celebrates record GCSE results
3:35pm 25th August 2011
North Yorkshire’s schools have achieved record breaking GCSE results this year with many schools recording significant increases in their A*-C pass rate including English and Maths.
Early indications show that the county’s students overall have continued to perform well above the national average and have improved substantially on last year.
Results so far from around two thirds of North Yorkshire’s secondary schools show that the proportion of pupils achieving five GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and Maths, has risen by more than 3 per cent to 65 per cent. Last year the national average was 55 per cent.
The proportion of North Yorkshire pupils achieving five good GCSE passes at grades A*-C has risen to 82 per cent. The national average last year was 76 per cent.
Moreover the proportion of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (five GCSE passes in the subject areas of English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities) has risen slightly in the county to 22 per cent. Last year’s national average was 15.5 per cent.
North Yorkshire expects these figures to once more place the county within the top quarter of authorities nationally.
The figure for the A*-C pass rate in English has risen to 72 per cent in North Yorkshire and 71 per cent for Maths. Last year the national rate was 65 per cent for English, 59 per cent for Maths.
North Yorkshire County Council says the results reflect the hard work of students and schools and show the continuing benefits of partnership working between the county’s secondary schools.
County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said: “This year’s results are more impressive than ever. We must congratulate students for all their hard work and focus and teaching staff for their dedication and high standards. Pass rates including English and Maths have increased markedly in many schools showing what schools and the local authority can achieve together.”
Bedale, Wensleydale, Settle, Tadcaster, Barlby, and St Francis Xavier, Richmond all saw their 5A*-C pass rates including English and Maths increase by more than 10 per cent. Tadcaster’s rate increased by 19 per cent to 77 per cent; Settle by 15 per cent to 61 per cent; Bedale by 14 per cent to 65 per cent.
- Risedale College which three years ago saw it’s A*-C pass rate including English and Maths fall to 19 per cent, achieved 44 per cent this year, an impressive increase of nine per cent on last year
- St Francis Xavier’s five A*-C pass rate including English and Maths has risen to 83 per cent with 29 per cent achieving an EBacc, 90 per cent achieving five passes including English and 87 per cent achieving five passes including Maths. Headteacher Dr Joe McAuley said: “All subjects taken have been in high quality single subject GCSEs which will be of real and lasting value to our students.”
- Barlby High School’s five A*-C pass rate including English and Maths has risen by nine per cent to 57 per cent, a 17 per cent increase over the last two years
- Bedale High School’s five A*-C pass rate including English and Maths has risen to 65 per cent with over 98 per cent achieving a C grade or better in one science subject. Headteacher Graham Turner said the results were achieved not just through lessons alone but after-school classes and even on Saturdays.
- Scalby School ‘s five A*-C pass rate including English and Maths reached 66 per cent with almost 95 per cent of students achieving 2A*-C in science. Nealy half of students achieved three A*/A grades.
- Holy Family Catholic High School, Selby’s A*-C pass rate including English and Maths is 51 per cent with 27 per cent of students achieving an EBacc. New headteacher Darren Beardsley thanked his students “who we have found to be extremely hard working and a pleasure to teach.”
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