Schools in York, North and East Yorkshire celebrate GCSE and A-level league table success

Students at Fulford School in York celebrate their good results

Students at Fulford School in York celebrate their good results

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SCHOOLS and education chiefs in York are celebrating the exam successes of pupils with the publication of Government league tables.

According to data published by the Department of Education (DoE) yesterday, schools and colleges in York, North and East Yorkshire have again performed strongly.

Among those celebrating top results are pupils at York’s Fulford School.

It was the top-performing state school in the city at GCSE, with 80 per cent of pupils getting five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.

Head teacher Lorna Savage said: “Our results days were a real cause for celebration both at GCSE and A-level.

“We were all delighted by the success and achievements of our students and the number of our sixth form gaining their first choice of university or meeting their grade offers for employment.”

Across the city the percentage of pupils gaining five or more A*–C grades at GCSE including English and maths at York schools was 67 per cent, well above the national average of 59.2 per cent.

The results put the city 15th out of 151 local authorities nationally and in the top ten per cent.

In North Yorkshire at GCSE, more than 65 per cent of pupils achieved five A*-C results including English and maths for the second consecutive year, meaning the authority came 29th out of 151 local authorities.

Several North Yorkshire schools significantly improved their GCSE five A*-C results including English and maths, including Malton School; King James, Knaresborough; and Lady Lumley’s, Pickering.

Coun Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for schools, said: “The figures show that the county’s schools prepare our young people very well for their next steps into training or further and higher education.”

In East Yorkshire results showed that the record results for students achieving the “gold standard” at GCSE pushed the county’s ranking up by 27 places to 71st place, out of 151 areas across the country.

This year East Riding Council schools achieved an average of 61 per cent of the top grades including English and maths, the county’s best performance.

Coun Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for education, said: “It is excellent news that the performance of our schools has moved the East Riding up the rankings when compared with other authorities.

“But what is important is the quality of the education and the progress that individual pupils have made.

“These tables should reinforce the confidence that parents have in our schools and the standard of the provision for their children.”

• THE results for North Yorkshire private school Ampleforth College did not register in the league tables. Ian Lovat, the school’s director of studies, explained that the Department of Education (DoE) did not recognise the international GCSE or IGCSE, which pupils at the schoool study.

He said: “Although the majority of our students achieved five or more GCSEs grade A*-C, including maths and English, we study IGCSE English at Ampleforth College and the DoE does not count this in the performance tables.”

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9:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

Yeahbutno says...

Fulford is only the "top performing " state secondary school on the basis of how many pupils achieved a certain grade.

Those figures don't tell you how much progress they made which I think is a far better indicator of how good a job a school is doing. Schools like Cannon Lee, the late Burholme and York High all have kids coming in from primary school with way lower levels (on average) than Fulford, Manor & co.

As always - read beyond the headlines.
Fulford is only the "top performing " state secondary school on the basis of how many pupils achieved a certain grade. Those figures don't tell you how much progress they made which I think is a far better indicator of how good a job a school is doing. Schools like Cannon Lee, the late Burholme and York High all have kids coming in from primary school with way lower levels (on average) than Fulford, Manor & co. As always - read beyond the headlines. Yeahbutno
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12:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

york_chap says...

Yeahbutno wrote:
Fulford is only the "top performing " state secondary school on the basis of how many pupils achieved a certain grade. Those figures don't tell you how much progress they made which I think is a far better indicator of how good a job a school is doing. Schools like Cannon Lee, the late Burholme and York High all have kids coming in from primary school with way lower levels (on average) than Fulford, Manor & co. As always - read beyond the headlines.
You do have a point and perhaps they should publish both statistics - but admission to top universities and offers of highly-paid professional jobs generally go to those with the best qualifications; not those who have improved the most.

At the end of the day, the results achieved and the pupils' willingness to do well at school have as much to do with the catchment area as with the quality of the school. If Fulford or Manor had the same catchment areas as York High/Canon Lee; their results would likely decline accordingly. Kids from the middle-class outer suburbs that serve Manor and Fulford seem to have the importance of education and behaving at school drilled into them a lot more; plus they're more likely to be thinking about getting into a good university, rather than seeing school as a necessary evil and a bit of a lark.

When I was at school, I knew kids who went to the less well-performing schools and who would be branded a geek for wanting to do well at school; whereas at schools like Manor/Fulford etc, trying to do your best/work hard just seemed normal.
[quote][p][bold]Yeahbutno[/bold] wrote: Fulford is only the "top performing " state secondary school on the basis of how many pupils achieved a certain grade. Those figures don't tell you how much progress they made which I think is a far better indicator of how good a job a school is doing. Schools like Cannon Lee, the late Burholme and York High all have kids coming in from primary school with way lower levels (on average) than Fulford, Manor & co. As always - read beyond the headlines.[/p][/quote]You do have a point and perhaps they should publish both statistics - but admission to top universities and offers of highly-paid professional jobs generally go to those with the best qualifications; not those who have improved the most. At the end of the day, the results achieved and the pupils' willingness to do well at school have as much to do with the catchment area as with the quality of the school. If Fulford or Manor had the same catchment areas as York High/Canon Lee; their results would likely decline accordingly. Kids from the middle-class outer suburbs that serve Manor and Fulford seem to have the importance of education and behaving at school drilled into them a lot more; plus they're more likely to be thinking about getting into a good university, rather than seeing school as a necessary evil and a bit of a lark. When I was at school, I knew kids who went to the less well-performing schools and who would be branded a geek for wanting to do well at school; whereas at schools like Manor/Fulford etc, trying to do your best/work hard just seemed normal. york_chap
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2:20pm Fri 24 Jan 14

bloodaxe says...

Yeahbutno wrote:
Fulford is only the "top performing " state secondary school on the basis of how many pupils achieved a certain grade.

Those figures don't tell you how much progress they made which I think is a far better indicator of how good a job a school is doing. Schools like Cannon Lee, the late Burholme and York High all have kids coming in from primary school with way lower levels (on average) than Fulford, Manor & co.

As always - read beyond the headlines.
They do say that overall, York has a 67% five A*-C rating, well above the national average and that York is 15th nationally. So that presumably includes those schools which you mention. I would say that although league tables for education should always be taken with a dose of caution, that York is performing so well should be a cause for congratulation. Let's not forget that this much-maligned council provides excellent children's and adult services, for which they will receive no credit.
[quote][p][bold]Yeahbutno[/bold] wrote: Fulford is only the "top performing " state secondary school on the basis of how many pupils achieved a certain grade. Those figures don't tell you how much progress they made which I think is a far better indicator of how good a job a school is doing. Schools like Cannon Lee, the late Burholme and York High all have kids coming in from primary school with way lower levels (on average) than Fulford, Manor & co. As always - read beyond the headlines.[/p][/quote]They do say that overall, York has a 67% five A*-C rating, well above the national average and that York is 15th nationally. So that presumably includes those schools which you mention. I would say that although league tables for education should always be taken with a dose of caution, that York is performing so well should be a cause for congratulation. Let's not forget that this much-maligned council provides excellent children's and adult services, for which they will receive no credit. bloodaxe
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3:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

The other issue is how poorly the 3 private schools did, compared to their independent peers. If I was paying £10k plus a year, the least I'd want is a clutch of GCSEs including the English baccalaureate.
The other issue is how poorly the 3 private schools did, compared to their independent peers. If I was paying £10k plus a year, the least I'd want is a clutch of GCSEs including the English baccalaureate. Daisy75
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