Woldgate helps boost region’s GCSE scores


A TOP performance by Woldgate College pupils has helped push the region up in the national GCSE league tables.

Over 72 per cent of the Pocklington school’s year 11 students in 2010 managed to achieve five or more A* to C grades, which included English and maths. The score was the second best in the East Riding region, behind Beverley High School who topped the table with 81 per cent.

The tables, which were released by the Department for Education only recently, were welcomed by Woldgate headteacher Jeff Bower, who said:

“We are delighted with our GCSE ranking - we have been consistently near the top in recent years but 2010 was particularly successful for us. We are proud of the whole college community and what has been achieved.”

Market Weighton School were placed joint eighth in the region with a 55 per cent pass rate. The lowest pass rates were Bridlington and Howden, who had 45 per cent.

However, the region as a whole jumped up 11 places from last year in the national league tables to 42nd from 151 authorities.

The average across the East Riding was 58.6 per cent, which is above the national average.

Mike Furbank, head of improvement and learning at East Riding Council said: “We are very proud that year after year young people across the East Riding continue to achieve even better GCSE results in our secondary schools in a wide range of qualifications.

“We are a high-performing authority but are not complacent and we continually strive to improve. The performance in the gold standard of five or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics, 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.

Councillor Penny Peacock, portfolio holder for children, young people and schools, added: “These results are tremendous and confirm what we found out in the summer that 2010 was our best year for results so far.

“We must remember that these figures come from thousands of individual successes and the pupils, their families and the school staff should all be congratulated for these impressive results.”

However, Pocklington School has defended their performance in the tables, saying they are “misleading”.

The independent West Green school, which costs parents upwards of £11,000 a year per pupil, shows a score of just two per cent gaining five or more GCSEs from A* to C.

Deputy head, Andrew Dawes, explained: “This is a misleading statistic which does not accurately reflect Pocklington pupils’ results because it does not include all our examination results for mathematics.

“In common with many independent schools, some of our pupils sit an International GCSE in mathematics (IGCSE). This is a more rigorous and more demanding course which provides a greater challenge and is better preparation for A-level.

“The Department for Education does not include these results and so, for the purpose of these performance tables, pupils taking this examination are counted as having not achieved a grade A* to C in mathematics.

“Our correct GCSE statistics for the 105 candidates are 96.4 per cent gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics.”