Haringey’s GCSE results rise for ninth year running

21:27 06 February 2012

Haringey

Haringey's results were up yet again on last year.

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Haringey schools celebrated another bumper crop of exam results last year, with all but two state secondaries recording a rise in “good” GCSE pass rates.

Top of the class for progress were St Thomas More RC and Highgate Wood schools, which recorded jumps of 23 per cent and 22 per cent respectively in pupils getting at least five GCSEs or equivalent at A*-C grade including English and maths.

The official statistics from the Department of Education, released last week, reveal Haringey’s secondary schools saw 56.8pc of pupils make the benchmark, a leap of nearly 9pc on 2010. It is also just shy of the national average of 58.2pc.

Last year’s top two state schools – Fortismere and Alexandra Park – retained their positions with slight gains, with Fortismere seeing almost eight out of 10 pupils achieve the benchmark.

Highgate Wood School’s improvements this year also put it right on the heels of Alexandra Park at the top of the league table.

St Thomas More is now level with Gladesmore in mid-table – with both schools seeing marked improvements to 58pc of students making the benchmark.

But while St Thomas More has bounced well away from the government’s floor target of 30pc of pupils making the grade, Greig City Academy failed to follow suit and improved just seven points to 37pc, remaining at the bottom end of the league table.

Only The John Loughborough School fell below minimum requirements, with 29pc of pupils making the benchmark – a drop of 2pc – while Northumberland Park stagnated with just 39pc making the pass rate compared to 40pc the previous year.

Overall, the average pass rate across Haringey for the GCSE benchmark rose by an impressive 9.5pc to 57pc.

All schools’ performances under the government’s new, controversial English Baccalaureate benchmark, introduced for the first time last year, were broadly similar, although far fewer pupils obtained them.

Cllr Lorna Reith, cabinet member for children, said: “GCSE grades achieved by students at Haringey schools have improved for the ninth year running and are in fact improving at a faster rate than the country as a whole.”

She said “more students than ever in Haringey” are now getting at least the GCSE benchmark, which she said “is fantastic for our young people and our schools”.

Cllr Reith added: “Haringey’s schools and the council are resolved to continue to raise standards and improve the opportunities and outcomes for all children.

“This is evidenced by a quarter of all Haringey’s primaries and a third of all secondary schools now judged as outstanding by Ofsted.”

Cllr Katherine Reece, Haringey Liberal Democrats’ shadow children’s spokeswoman, said: “Whilst the improvement in some schools is great progress, we must not forget that over half of our schools achieve below the national average for state-funded schools. We must strive to be better than average.”

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