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KEVI headteacher Simon Taylor in one of the new classrooms at the music school.

KEVI headteacher Simon Taylor in one of the new classrooms at the music school.

MORPETH’S high school is top of the GCSE results league table for Northumberland.

And its strong A-Level performance last summer is among the best in the county and region.

The Department for Education has revealed detailed information about both sets of qualifications for schools across England and Wales and the headline comparison result for GCSE is the number of pupils who received five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.

King Edward VI School got 75 per cent, its second best total ever, and this was the highest percentage in Northumberland.

It also did very well in particular subjects, including science, and new ‘levels of progress’ measures that show how much pupils have improved from Key Stage 2, which ends in Year 6. In English, 84 per cent of the year group made the expected jump and for maths the total was 90 per cent.

In addition, more than half of the students achieved better than expected results in English and maths.

The most impressive A-Level figure for KEVI was the value-added score, which compares the average point score worked out from pupils’ GCSE results with their A-Level performance. This was the best in the northern region. In Northumberland, the school was second for the average point score per A-Level student.

Executive headteacher Simon Taylor said: “We’re delighted that our GCSE performance levels have held up well and are among the best in the county and region, especially as quite a few changes were introduced last year.

“The levels of progress have been fantastic and it was pleasing to see so many students achieve better than expected, which is testament to their enthusiasm to learn and the high standards of teaching at KEVI and the Chantry and Newminster middle schools as they cover Years 7 and 8.

“The A-level results were also phenomenal and there is increasingly sophisticated data that parents can look at now to see how their child has progressed in sixth form.”

Ponteland High School was second in the county for the number of pupils who received five or more A* to C GCSE grades, including English and maths (70 per cent).

It was fourth for the average point score per A-Level student.

 

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