The Scarborough News
Now revealed: the full picture on exam results
Facts put out by Department for Education
Provisional Key Stage 4 results have been released by the Department for Education to assist Scarborough parents in making school choices.
Back in August, Scarborough’s year 11 students picked up their GCSE results which marked the end of two years of hard work.
The Scarborough News revealed, at the time, the initial results for the majority of Scarborough’s schools – but some schools would not reveal their results.
For George Pindar School, who did not reveal their overall results in August, the provisional results have shown an increase of two per cent to 42 per cent of pupils achieving five A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs.
At Scarborough’s biggest school, Graham, results were not as high as hoped with initially 36 per cent, which has dropped in the provisional results to 35 per cent.
Headteacher Helen McEvoy said: “We were disappointed with the headline figures for percentage five plus A* to C including Maths and English. Many departments showed improvements in outcomes, but this was not seen in this key headline data.
“The results are a reflection of the many issues which have had to be addressed and for which the school was judged to require special measures in December 2013.
“Over the last year and a half those issues have been dealt with relentlessly and rigorously so that the school is now in the place where the vast majority of teaching and learning is good or better; behaviour in school and particularly in lessons is significantly different and students’ attitude to learning is much more positive.
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and students the predicted outcomes for GCSE in 2016 are significantly higher and much closer to national expectations.”
Graham School has dropped from 41% last year and has remained under national and North Yorkshire’s average for the past five years.
Honor Byford, Chair of Governors, said: “Although the headline figures for 2015 are disappointing, governors are confident new systems and support available for students will reap rewards in 2016.”
At Scalby School, 57 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades while St Augustine’s received 59 per cent.
County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools, said: “Our young people and school staff work extremely hard to reach these very high standards and we must congratulate everybody on their GCSE and A-Level results.