Head’s praise for curriculum

A SCARBOROUGH head-teacher has praised its curriculum after the publication of the latest GCSE league table results.

Isobel Nixon, who is head at Scarborough College, defended the school’s 81 per cent pass rate for students gaining five A* to C grades, saying it only appeared lower than the national 89 per cent figure because its international GCSE results were not included in the statistics.

The school, in Filey Road, undertakes international Maths and Business Studies courses which Mrs Nixon said were more challenging for students than the traditional GCSEs.

She also pointed to the College’s determination to stick with a fundamentally academic curriculum, including three separate sciences and a modern language, which she said has been justified.

She said: “In recent years there has been a collapse in the number of pupils taking traditional GCSEs.

“Over the last decade, the number of teenagers studying French and German dropped by half, nationally, only 31.5 per cent of pupils gained a good GCSE in languages but at Scarborough College, this figure rises to 81 per cent.”

The national figures also provide statistics for the English Baccalaureate, which requires pupils to gain five A* to C grades in the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, one language and one humanities subject.

Mrs Nixon added: “In the current economic climate, the quality of qualifications will become increasingly important.

“I am pleased to say that Scarborough College’s students are very well placed for the more stringent times ahead, especially in combination with our International Baccalaureate courses in the sixth form.”

In the figures, Scalby School was ranked in first place in Yorkshire and 18th place in the national league tables for its Contextual Value Added score of 1061.6.

St Augustine’s School and Raincliffe School also fared well in this area, achieving scores of 1026.1 and 1023.3 respectively.