Gold stars for KEVI

MORPETH’S high school is top of the class for GCSE results – and it’s no slouch at A-Levels either.

The national performance tables for last year’s exams have now been published by the Department for Education, giving various statistics relating to students’ achievements during the 2011/12 academic year.

The tables show that at King Edward VI School, 78 per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades at GCSE level or equivalent, including English and maths GCSE – the highest figure in Northumberland.

The results bettered the previous three years and when maths and English were taken out of the equation, 91 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades.

When it came to A-Levels the school was ranked third in the county for the average points score per student at 867.2. All students passed two A-Level exams, or equivalent, and 98 per cent achieved at least three grades.

Headteacher Simon Taylor said: “We’re delighted to have done so well in the Northumberland and North East rankings.

“It was our highest GCSE score ever in terms of at least five A* to C grades with English and maths and other pleasing statistics were found in the levels of progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4. A total of 85 per cent did as expected or better than expected in English and this figure was 83 per cent for Maths – the national averages for these were 67 per cent and 68 per cent respectively.

“In some ways, our A-Level performance was even more impressive. In Ofsted’s post-16 Performance and Achievement data, our progress score from GCSE through the next two years is in the top five per cent of all schools nationally for both AS and A-Level. We have an inclusive entrance policy for our post-16 courses and it’s great to see so many students making such notable improvements.”

Ponteland High School also put in a solid performance, coming fourth in the county for both sets of exams.

At GCSE level, 67 per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths, though the figure was slightly down on 2011 results. Without English and maths, 83 per cent achieved five or more A* to Cs.

For A-Levels, the average point score per student was 837.9. All passed one A-Level or the equivalent, with 98 per cent achieving two and 89 per cent securing at least three.

Elsewhere, St Benet Biscop Catholic High School in Bedlington was 12th out of 17 schools in the county for GCSE results, with 56 per cent of students achieving at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

The school was in a much higher position for A-Levels, ranked at number five in Northumberland with an average points score per student of 788.1.

James Calvert Spence College in Amble was 13th for GCSEs and 16th for A-Level results, with an average points score per student of 589.9.

Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington was bottom of Northumberland for GCSE results and it was 13th for A-Levels.