New league tables have revealed how three of Scarborough secondary schools have only just achieved the minimum GCSE grade standard expected by Ministers.
The latest figures published by the Department for Education rank schools on GCSE success and pupil development.
Filey School had 41 per cent of students gaining five or more A* to C grades in GCSE or equivalent qualifications in 2014, including English and maths, with Graham School seeing the same percentage of pupils hit the target.
George Pindar School’s results dropped by 15 per cent, with 40 per cent of pupils hitting the mark.
State secondaries are considered to be below the Government’s floor target if fewer than 40 per cent of their pupils gain the grades.
St Augustine’s School and Scalby School recorded the highest number of students achieving the benchmark, with 63 per cent and 57 per cent of pupils achieving the feat respectively.
St Augustine’s is the only school in Scarborough to see a rise in figures, with an increase of nine per cent.
LEAGUE TABLES IN FULL
Nationally the number of secondary schools considered to be under-performing has doubled with the fall being blamed on a major shake-up of the exam system.
Every education authority in Yorkshire saw a drop in the number of pupils achieving five good GCSEs, including English and maths, compared with last year’s tables.
In North Yorkshire the figure fell from 65.4. per cent based on 2013’s exams to 61 per cent based on last summer.
The Department for Education (DfE) insisted that the changes in the results is down to two key reforms - a decision that only a teenager’s first attempt at a GCSE would count in the annual performance tables, and a move to strip “poor quality” vocational qualifications out of the rankings.
But the increase in the number of failing schools across the country is likely to cause concerns among school leaders, who have voiced fears that schools will be considered failing not just because of changes in the system but also ”volatility” in last summer’s GCSE results.
Meanwhile scores of top private schools, including Scarborough College, have ended up bottom of the tables.
These also include renowned schools such as Eton, Harrow, Winchester and St Paul’s Boys’.
This is due to the fact that, in some independent schools, pupils have continued to be entered for unregulated versions of qualifications, such as IGCSEs.
The changes have prompted claims from state and private school heads alike that the league tables are a “nonsense” and the results therein are not comparable with previous years.
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