School performance tables released

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SCHOOLS in north Northumberland had a mixed bag of ratings in the GCSE and A-Level performance tables released this morning.

Alongside the percentage of pupils who gain five GCSEs, the value added (VA) measure shows the improvement of pupils from the start of their secondary education (Key Stage Two) up to GCSEs (Key Stage Four), taking into account that pupils have different starting abilities.

The capped average points score per pupil incorporates all examinations while there is also an average points score per pupil for GCSEs alone.

At Amble’s James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) – Acklington Road, the VA rating of 1005.6 placed it above the national average (1000) while its capped average points score of 337.7 was slightly below the county average of 343.5.

Its average points score for GCSEs was well down on the county average of 270.3 at 209.5 with the percentage of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and maths dropping from 49 per cent in 2010 to 38 per cent last year.

Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick saw the percentage of its pupils gaining five or more GCSEs jump nine per cent from 55 in 2010 to 64 last year above the county average of 57.7 per cent. Its average points score for GCSEs was well above the county average at 312.4.

Its capped point score was also above average at 347.3 although its VA rating fell below the national average to 993.8.

Elsewhere, Berwick Community High School had a VA score of 1025.2 with 61 per cent of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs. King Edward VI (KEVI) School in Morpeth had a VA of 1014.1 and a GCSE rate of 71 per cent. At Longridge Towers, 92 per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs.

At A-Level, 100 per cent of students at the Duchess’s achieved achieved two or more A* to E grades while 88 per cent achieved three or more, well above the county averages of 92.3 per cent and 78.5 per cent.

Its average points score per student was 719.2, above the county average of 714.8.

JCSC saw an average points score of 617.9 with 89 per cent of students gaining two or more A* to E grades and 65 per cent gaining three or more.

At KEVI the average points score was 864.8 while at Berwick High it was 842.7.