MORPETH’s high school has bucked the national trend to record some of its best GCSE results.
The results at King Edward VI School (KEVI) are the third best in its history, despite national warnings of tougher marking and limitations on the number of pupils obtaining the top grades.
The school saw 73 per cent of pupils taking the exams achieve five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths.
Out of a big year group of 328, 40 students, 12 per cent, obtained nine or more A* or A grades, and 118 students, 36 per cent, achieved three or more of the top grades.
The school also showed an excellent performance in new ‘levels of progress’ measures. The system charts pupils’ performance throughout their education and from Key Stage two exams they are expected to make three levels of progress by the time they take their GCSEs.
In English 82 per cent of the year group made the expected jump, and for maths the total was 87 per cent, which is likely to be well above the national figure. In addition, more than half the pupils made four levels of progress in both English and Maths, which means they performed better than expected.
The new measure is designed to assess whether all children have reached their potential, rather than focusing purely on the top grades.
KEVI Headteacher Simon Taylor said: “It is a good day.
“I give my congratulations to the young people who have achieved really well and we are delighted with the success. It is the product of a huge amount of work from the students and from the staff at the school, ably supported by the parents.
“I wish the students every success in the next stage of their education or training.”
He added: “Although we haven’t seen the full national picture yet, my feeling is that the school’s results being the third highest we have ever had, and particularly given the fantastic levels of progress shown by these results, I think they have held up really well and are a very strong set of results, well deserved by a really hard-working year group.”