Mixed results in school performance tables

The Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick.

The Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick.

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High schools in north Northumberland saw a mixed set of results as GCSE and A-Level performance tables were published yesterday.

At GCSE level, Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School performed better than the county average as well as improving on its 2012 performance.

In 2013, 69 per cent of its pupils made the expected progress in English and 74 per cent in maths, against Northumberland averages of 62.2 per cent and 67.3 per cent.

Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of pupils gained five GCSEs at A* to C, up from 60 per cent in 2012 and well above the county average of 55 per cent.

By contrast, James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) in Amble saw a drop in its performance with 37 per cent gaining five GCSEs at A* to C, down from 50 per cent the year before.

More than half (55 per cent) made the expected progress in English, but just 41 per cent achieved it in maths.

At A-Level, both schools saw solid performances with 100 per cent of students at both schools attaining at least one A-Level at A* to E.

At JCSC, 83 per cent achieved two or more, while 93 per cent managed the same feat at the Duchess’s.

For more on the school performance tables, see next Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette.