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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Cumbria schools’ GCSE pass rates rise thanks to success of students

SECONDARY schools in Furness have seen their GCSE pass rates rise but continue to strive for improvement.
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The Department for Education has today published league tables for the 2013 GCSE and A-Level equivalent data for schools and colleges.

The government has set a minimum floor target for secondary schools to have at least 40 per cent of students achieving five GCSES at grades A* to C including English and maths. The Cumbria average is 56.5 per cent, while the national average is 59.2 per cent.

Dowdales School, in Dalton, saw 61 per cent of its Year 11 students gain five or more top GCSE grades including the key subjects. This was a rise of six percentage points on 2012.

At St Bernard’s Catholic High School, in Barrow, there was also a rise with 57 per cent of students gaining at least five A* to Cs with English and maths. This was up four percentage points.

Two secondary schools which have been placed in special measures by Ofsted also improved their pass rates.

Furness Academy made significant progress in its GCSE results. It saw 46 per cent of students achieve the desired pass rate with English and maths. This was an improvement of 11 percentage points on last year. The academy is under the leadership of interim principal Des Herlihy. In December Ofsted said the school was making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.

Walney School, which was placed in special measures in December, saw an eight percentage points increase in the pass rate this summer.

This term John Richardson became the new Walney headteacher. He has vowed to work tirelessly to unlock its potential for excellence.

He said: “While the school’s results show an eight percentage point increase for the five A* to C grades with English and maths last year, we all agree that this is just the starting point of an improving school.

“The students here at Walney School have the potential to achieve much better results this year and we look forward to the 2014 data showing significant improvement because of the hard work of students and staff.”

This summer Barrow Sixth Form College had a 97.4 per cent A-Level pass rate. In 26 subjects there was a 100 per cent pass rate.

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