East Riding schools and their pupils are celebrating a record set of GCSE results.
Early indications show that the East Riding has made the biggest improvement in the Yorkshire and Humber region in the ‘gold standard’ of top grades.
The county’s schools together achieved an average of 62 per cent in the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades including English and maths. This is an improvement of four per cent on last year, following a 2.5 per cent increase the year before.
Students are also making more progress than ever before, with a four per cent improvement in both English and maths.
The second consecutive year of improvement by East Riding schools includes some particularly spectacular improvements at several schools:-
* Beverley High School has risen by 27 per cent to 76 per cent
* Bridlington School is up by 15 per cent to 56 per cent
* South Hunsley School is up 12 per cent to 80 per cent
* Longcroft School is up seven per cent to 67 per cent
* South Holderness Technology College is up 6.5 per cent to 58 per cent.
Other schools maintained and consolidated their good outcomes, improving their progress measures in English and maths at the same time, including Hornsea School (70 per cent), The Snaith School (68 per cent), Wolfreton School (65 per cent), Woldgate (62 per cent), Howden School (61 per cent), Hessle High School (60 per cent), The Market Weighton School (58 per cent). Headlands School 55 per cent).
The results for students achieving the gold standard mark of five or more GCSE passes at A* to C grade, including English and maths, are in the table below.
Beverley Grammar School 56
Beverley High School 76
Bridlington School 55
Cottingham High School 56
Driffield School 57
Goole High School 44
Headlands School 55
Hessle High School 60
Hornsea School 70
Howden School and Technology College 61
Longcroft School and Performing Arts College 67
South Holderness Technology College 58
South Hunsley School 80
The Market Weighton School 58
The Snaith School – 68
Withernsea High School 48
Woldgate College – 62
Wolfreton School 65
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for children, young people and education said: “We are delighted with the improvement that East Riding schools have brought about this year: this is down to the hard work of young people, supported by dedicated school staff.
“The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to improving East Riding Schools until we have the some of the best in the country. This year’s GCSE results are a pleasing move in the right direction. Together with improved A-level results last week, they show that young people in East Riding schools are achieving the success they deserve and going onto employment, education and training of their choice.”
“The council has recently approved a £1.7m Excellence Fund which will be used to further drive up standards in schools and build on this year’s successes.”
Alison Michalska, the council’s director of children, family and adult services, said: “We are tremendously proud that year after year young people continue to achieve even better GCSE results in East Riding secondary schools in a wide range of qualifications.
“These impressive results are underpinned by many outstanding stories of hard work and application as well as committed teaching and support. We look forward to improving Ofsted inspection outcomes for East Riding schools building on the foundation of this year’s improved outcomes
“We are delighted in the improvement: these results affirm our position as a local authority that aspires for and gets the best for our young people
“The performance in the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, shows that key numeracy and literacy skills continue to thrive alongside other subjects and that we have got the balance right in our secondary schools.
“We are proud of the work done by young people throughout the East Riding, with the support of their carers and families. We greatly appreciate the hard work of head teachers, teaching and support staff that has contributed to these results.
“That young people achieve this improvement against a backdrop of the very low level of funding for East Riding schools from the Department for Education is a testament to their commitment to pupils’ achievement and success.”
John Seaman, principal improvement adviser, said: “We are really proud of what has been achieved by East Riding of Yorkshire schools and academies for their students this year. Staff have worked incredibly hard and skilfully to achieve a higher level against ever tougher standards.”
Several schools have achieved spectacular improvements following disappointment last year when they were negatively affected by a late change in grade boundaries in the English GCSE.
Among these are Beverley High School and Bridlington School, which both saw their results this year soaring to record levels.
At Beverley High School the results were the second best in the school’s history, with the percentage of pupils achieving five top grades including English and maths soared to 76 per cent. The percentage achieving five or more A* to C grades rose to 86 per cent, and 11 pupils achieved all A and A* grades.
Headteacher Sharon Japp said: “We are delighted with this set of results. They reflect the hard work, motivation and commitment of our pupils and teachers, and the support of our parents.”
The results at Bridlington School were its best ever, with 99 per cent of students achieving five GCSE passes, and 55 per cent of students achieving the top A* to C grades including English and maths.
Headteacher Sarah Pashley said; “I am absolutely thrilled that the hard work of students and staff has paid off. Everyone has pulled out all the stops this year and I am very grateful to them for their dedication and commitment. I would particularly like to thank parents/carers for their considerable support. The strong partnership between home and school has ensured that our students have had the best possible chances to fulfil their considerable potential.”
Longcroft School in Beverley is also celebrating its best ever GCSE results, with 67 per cent achieving the gold standard of five good passes including English and maths.
Headteacher Ian O’Donnell said this was another rise following the school’s previous best achievements last year. “I am delighted by this outcome. It is just what the hard work and dedication of our students and staff deserve. It’s also wonderful for our community,” he said.
There are also celebrations at Howden School and Technology College, where students have also achieved the school’s best ever results. This year, 61 per cent achieved the gold standard benchmark.
Headteacher Garry Garghan said: “We are really pleased with these results – at a time when the national media is commenting on the almost unprecedented degree of ‘turbulence’ in exam grades our students have once again done themselves proud and moved our school forward.”