Scarborough Schools: Parents’ choices

Graham School
Graham School

SCARBOROUGH pupils have all gained their first-choice secondary school places – after previous years of controversy when scores missed out.

The town’s five schools experienced high demand with Graham School and St Augustine’s School filling their full allocation quota for the third consecutive year.

Scalby School

Scalby School

Headteachers across Scarborough’s other schools have welcomed the figures which come despite a lower overall intake of primary school pupils this year.

The statistics, released by the county council, reveal 732 students will take up places in Scarborough secondary schools in September, plus 118 in Filey.

Scalby School saw its allocation figures lift from 176 pupils last year to 184 on the back of improved GCSE results which saw 68 per cent of students achieve five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.

Headteacher David Read said he was buoyed by the increase in numbers which reflected the school’s continuing success.

He added: “We are pleased that our admission numbers have increased for the second successive year and I believe this reflects the school’s rapid improvement of late.”

Graham School, which had its best ever GCSE results last year when 83 per cent of pupils received five of more A to C grades, including 56 per cent with five standard passes in English and maths, was another school celebrating the figures.

St Augustine’s School, which enjoyed a seven per cent increase in the number of pupils getting five A* to C grades including English and maths, is also at capacity after its 96 places were filled.

George Pindar Community Sports College saw its allocated pupil count go up by 14 this year as the school looks to build on its GCSE successes when 99 per cent of its Year 11 leavers gained five A* to C GCSE exam grades.

Raincliffe School, which is part of a federation with Graham School, and recently overturned a controversial Ofsted report to be classed as Satisfactory, saw its allocation drop slightly from 51 to 34 students.

Filey School saw a slight drop in its number of pupils, with 118 students set to start on September compared with 132 for the start of the last academic year.

County Cllr John Watson, the authority’s executive member for schools, said the figures were a real boost for parents.

He added: “We are delighted that so many of our families have once again been able to gain their first preference from their choice of schools.

“We work with schools to make sure all of them deliver the highest standards of education so that families who are not given first preferences will nevertheless be able to send their children to good schools.”