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Four Leeds schools miss GCSE targets

Head teacher Mike Cook with pupils at Heckmondwike Grammar School, which heads the regions league table at GCSE and A-level.

Head teacher Mike Cook with pupils at Heckmondwike Grammar School, which heads the regions league table at GCSE and A-level.

THERE are four schools in Leeds which have failed to meet national GCSE targets, according to the latest league tables.

Schools are classed as being below the floor target if less than 40 per cent of pupils achieve five good GCSEs including English and maths and adequate progress is not being made.

The City of Leeds School, E-ACT Leeds East Academy, South Leeds Academy and the Co-operative Academy of Leeds are all listed by the DfE among 154 schools nationally which did not make the grade.

However grades across the city’s schools have improved with 57.3 per cent achieving the GCSE benchmark compared with 55 per cent in 2012.

City of Leeds School saw just 26 per cent of pupils get five good GCSEs including English and maths. However head teacher Georgie Sale said it was unfair to compare her pupils’ performance with other higher attaining schools. She added: “We have 85 per cent of pupils who have English as an additional language, 50 per cent are from Gypsy Roma backgrounds, 60 per cent have been living in the UK for four years or less. Conventional wisdom says it can take five years to be able to learn a language to a basic level.”

E-ACT the academy sponsor at Leeds East where 37 per cent of pupils made the grade said: “We recognise that standards have not been good enough, but are confident that with the new leadership at the academy we will now make rapid progress. Ofsted have confirmed that the leadership has the capacity to make the improvements required.”

Elsewhere Heckmondwike Grammar celebrated being ranked as the best school in the region at GCSE and A-level.

The Grammar School at Leeds was Yorkshire’s top ranked school in the traditional subjects which make up the English Baccalaureate.

Jonny Mitchell, the head from the Educating Yorkshire series said having cameras in at Thornhill Community Academy had actually boosted performance despite e a drop in grades compared with 2012.

 

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