Schools record mixed results in GCSE exams

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SECONDARY schools in the Daventry district posted mixed results in last year’s GCSE exams.

League tables published yesterday (Wednesday) show Campion and Danetre School improved on 2009, while the average results for Guilsborough and William Parker School were both down.

At Danetre 54 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades which was an 11 per cent increase on the previous year and 0.9 per cent above the national average of 53.1 per cent.

Headteacher David Howell said: “It’s a significant improvement and we are very very pleased. Over the past few years we’ve had a real focus on students’ achievements and the staff and parents have been excellent in supporting that.

“The results are great news and it’s great that students are leaving the school with a good education.”

Campion School saw a four per cent increase on 2009 results as 63 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades.

And Guilsborough School recorded the best results in the district with 67 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades. However that score was down on the previous year when the school achieved 73 per cent.

Headteacher Christine Staley said: “Congratulations go to all the students and teachers who worked so hard to achieve this year’s excellent GCSE results. Schools have put a huge amount of work into raising standards in recent years, and this shows in today’s figures.”

Last year was also the first time the new English Baccalaureate was introduced by the Government. Its aim is to measure how many children achieved good passes in English, maths, a language, geography or history and two science qualifications.

At William Parker School 39 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, compared with 43 per cent in 2009.

Headteacher Jason Brook said: “What we are particularly happy with is our results in the new English Baccalaureate because we’ve consistently delivered a high level of education.

“Being a specialist humanities college we’ve done reasonably well in that area.

“What I would also say is I think the league tables are very very confusing for parents now and I would support any change in the way they are structured.”

A-level results for 2010 were also published yesterday.

At Campion the average points score per student was 758.8, compared to the national average of 744.8.

Guilsborough School posted an average score of 713.1 and Northampton College, which has a campus in Daventry, recorded 462.4.