Head’s delight at pupil intake

A SCARBOROUGH secondary school headteacher has revealed his delight after it filled its maximum pupil intake again for the next academic year.

St Augustine’s School comfortably satisfied its 96 place quota for Year Seven pupils starting in September - a feat it also achieved in 2009 and 2010.

The figures were revealed as North Yorkshire County Council education bosses announced all youngsters in Scarborough set to step up to secondary school in September had gained their first choice places.

Jesus Echevarría, who took over at the Roman Catholic school from Roger Cannon, said the perpetuation was a credit to the school’s ethos and success.

He said: “We are certainly pleased with the numbers because they are indicative of how the community perceives us as a school being one of the best of not the best in the area.”

“However, we are not complacent about that.

“As a school we are still working hard to get better because there is always room for improvement especially in light of the improvements of the other schools in the area that have been laudable and have been very good for Scarborough.”

Last year the school saw a seven per cent increase in its GCSE successes after 57 per cent of students gained five A* to C grades including English and maths.

And Mr Echevarría said he was also buoyed by the latest figures which suggested the school was providing parents with an extremely positive option for their children’s education.

He added: “The number of applications that we have got and the fact that we are full is a good indicator of how happy the local parents are with what we are doing.

“We are there to serve the catholic community in the first instance.

“However, we also attract children from the Church of England schools and we are pleased to have pupils from different faith backgrounds.”

The statistics, released earlier this week, showed Graham School had also been successful in filling its pupil limit for a third successive year.

The school, which saw 83 per cent of its Year 11 leavers receive five or more A* to C grades last year, will take on 260 students when the new year begins.

Scalby School’s allocation rose slightly from 176 pupils to 184, with George Pindar Community Sports College also experiencing a slight increase from 144 to 158 youngsters.

However, Raincliffe School, which is now part of a federation with Graham School, had its intake drop from 51 students to 34.

Filey School also saw a minor drop in figures from 132 students to 118.

County Cllr John Watson added: “We are delighted so many families have again been able to gain their first preference.

“We work with schools to make sure they deliver the highest standards of education so families can send their children to good schools.”