School is ranked among best in county

(l-r) Woldgate students Megan Maw, Jake Bovingdon, Katy Mason, George Guyill and Beth Durrant-Walker after receiving their GCSE results last year.
(l-r) Woldgate students Megan Maw, Jake Bovingdon, Katy Mason, George Guyill and Beth Durrant-Walker after receiving their GCSE results last year.

Pocklington’s Woldgate School has achieved top marks in the school league tables.

The Kilnwick Road School is ranked among the best secondary schools in the East Riding based on GCSE success.

The Department for Education’s league tables show Woldgate is joint second out of 12 local authority controlled secondary schools and six academy secondary schools across the county in terms of pupils achieving the ‘gold standard’ of five or more A*-C GCSE’s, including English and maths. In 2015, 70% of pupils hit the target, compared to 67% the year before. The school’s headteacher Jonathan Britton said: “Results such as these are due to the hard-work and dedication of our pupils who, with excellent teaching and the support of parents, have achieved strong results at both GCSE and A-level.”

Meanwhile, at The Market Weighton School, 53% of pupils achieved the benchmark last year, with 67% of pupils reaching the gold standard the year before.

Headteacher Richard Harrison explained: “Since September we have set about setting even higher expectations for our students and they are rising to the challenge. Our data from trial examinations and controlled assessments shows that we will see a substantial improvement in results this summer. Staff and students are working incredibly hard to ensure that this happens with the full support of parents who received detailed feedback and advice at our Year 11 parents evening.”

At Pocklington School, 93.2% of pupils achieved the gold standard, with 95.5% of students securing the required five GCSE top marks in 2014. However, the Department for Education’s website ranks the independent school near the bottom of the table of schools in the East Riding. This is because several academic subjects at the school, including the core subjects, English, maths and all sciences, are assessed via International GCSE examinations, not all of which are included in these league tables. Headmaster Mark Ronan commented: “In common with many independent schools, Pocklington has increasingly moved towards Internatonal GCSE assessment in recent years as, in many cases, we feel it better prepares our students for the rigours of the A-level courses which follow.” The Department for Education’s tables also show that national issues with English GCSE have resulted in some East Riding schools having lower results for English. This has resulted in the county’s overall ranking for the gold standard dropping to 91st place. In 2015, East Riding schools achieved an average of 56.3% of the top grades including English and maths, in line with the national figure of 57%.