League tables show marked improvement in GCSE results

Pupils celebrate at Edenham High Pic: Croydon Council

Pupils celebrate at Edenham High Pic: Croydon Council

GCSE results in Croydon show a rise for the tenth year in a row, according to league tables published this week.

The tables show the continued success of the borough’s private and faith schools with a proportion of students leaving with at least five A* to C marks in subjects such as English and Math.

The government’s benchmark increased from 62.2 percent in 2012 to 64.4 per cent last summer.

Schools such as Quest Academy and Woodcote High, Coulsdon, show the most significant improvements in the borough.

Andy Crofts, Head Teacher of Quest Academy, said: “Students now have excellent future prospects thanks to their diligence, their families’ support and the tireless dedication of the staff.”

St Mary’s High School in West Croydon also showed a ten per cent improvement in GCSE results, having being told to improve their performance in an Ofsted report last February.

Head Teacher of St. Mary’s Ejiro Ughwujabo said: “We’re using data more effectively, teachers are very focussed and there is a determination to ensure the school is performing very highly, despite of the fact that attainment at the point of entry is much lower than the national average.”

“The next results will be better ones than have been published this week and, if Ofsted were to visit the school now, I’m confident they would judge it to be good.”

GCSE results also appear to show a lower uptake at academies as compared to other types of schools.

Nation wide 154 schools in England failed to meet or pass the benchmark this year in comparison to 195 last year.





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