Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Reportage: Calderdale schools best in West Yorkshire

The league tables for Calderdale’s high schools reveal a decline in pass rates and a huge disparity between the best and worst performers.

The majority of secondary schools in the district saw the level of pupils achieving five good GCSEs, including English and maths fall, after a major shake up of the examination system.

The level of students getting to the GCSE benchmark of five A* to C grades across Calderdale fell from 65.7 per cent in last year’s tables to 60 per cent.

Pass rates have fallen across Yorkshire and the country.

Despite falling five per cent Calderdale’s figure was still better than any other district across the West Yorkshire region.

Only two schools across Calderdale saw their GCSE pass rate improve on last year’s results.

The biggest improvement was at Rastrick High which went from 61 per cent of pupils achieving five good GCSEs including English and maths in the 2013 exams to 73 per cent in the latest figures.

It was the highest ranked comprehensive school in the district.

Steve Evans, headteacher at Rastrick High School, said: “It validates the incredible hard work that the staff have put in - certainly since my headship began in September 2013 - and also the dedication to learning of our fantastic students.

“We have an ethos which is built around having successes we can achieve and that competitive spirit is really bearing fruit now and I think it’s seen in those fantastic results.”

Halifax’s two selective grammar schools were again the highest ranked overall. The Crossley Heath School saw all of its 16-year-old pupils achieving five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths while North Halifax Grammar had 92 per cent of its students achieve this.

Crossley Heath in Halifax was second on the table for schools across the north of England and 36th across the rest of the country.

The biggest fall was at Park Lane Learning Trust at Exley which saw the number of pupils making the grade fall from 59 per cent to 29 per cent.

How your school fared

Crossley Heath : 100 per cent of 155 eligible students.
North Halifax Grammar: 92 per cent of 156 eligible students.
Rastrick High : 73 per cent of 230 eligible students.
Brighouse High : 68 per cent of 213 eligible students.
Hipperholme Grammar: 67 per cent of 45 eligible students.
Rastrick Independent School: 63 per cent of eight eligible students.
Ryburn Valley High : 59 per cent of 234 eligible students.
Trinity Academy: 59 per cent of 273 eligible students.
Brooksbank School: 57 per cent of 276 eligible students.
Rishworth School: 55 per cent of 65 eligible students.
Calder High: 52 per cent of 231 eligible students.
Todmorden High: 51 per cent of 129 eligible students.
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe: 48 per cent of 233 eligible students.
Halifax High: 48 per cent of 157 eligible students.
Sowerby Bridge High: 46 per cent of 175 eligible students.
Park Lane Learning Trust: 29 per cent of 108 eligible students.

*Table shows percentage of eligible students that achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths.

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