Head says tables are not a ‘true reflection’

Angie Lakey.
Angie Lakey.

Many of the secondary schools in the Daventry area have seen their results go down compared to the previous year after new figures were released.

The league tables were released at the end of last week and show 42 per cent of pupils at Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV) achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths in 2014. This is down from 52 per cent the previous year.

The DSLV’s acting principal said there are factors to take into account for the low results.

Angie Lakey said: “They are very interesting but I do not think they are a true reflection of the school because of the changes that have been made.

“Vocational subjects which would have counted as two GCSEs only count as one in the league tables and it does not take into account resits.

“I would also suggest parents should not just look at the league tables to judge schools.

“For parents who are looking at schools, I would also suggest they come and look at what we do. I don’t mean just the open evening, I mean when it is open and running during a normal day to get a much bigger impression of the school.

“If you look at schools in the area there are many others that have seen a decrease.”

The Parker E-ACT Academy in Ashby Road saw 47 per cent of its pupils achieve five or more GCSE grades at A* to C including English and maths, the same as last year. There was disappointment for Campion School in Bugbrooke as only 54 per cent of its students achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – down from 78 per cent in 2013.

The top achieving school for the Daventry area was Guilsborough School, where 66 per cent of pupils got five or more GCSE grades at A* to C including English and maths. However, this was still down from 74 per cent the previous year. Many youngsters in Daventry opt to go to schools outside the area and two of the most popular, Ashlawn School in Rugby and Southam College, saw 72 and 76 per cent of students achieve five or more GCSE grades at A* to C including English and maths respectively.

In Northants the average was 51 per cent, while nationally the figure was 53 per cent.