Wednesday, 12 January 2011

GCSE Results!

I was delighted for my secondary colleagues in Leeds to see the GCSE results in the papers and on the BBC and DfE websites today...

It is great to know that Leeds continues to be one of the most improving cities in the country and that many of its secondary schools saw fantastic improvements in their 5A*-C including English and maths results compared to last year; including City of Leeds School, 32 per cent (12 per cent in 2009); Rodillian School, 48 per cent (33 per cent in 2009); Priesthorpe School, 56 per cent (43 per cent in 2009); Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, 64 per cent (51 per cent 2009); Farnley Park High School, 45 per cent (33 per cent); and Allerton High School, 62 per cent (51 per cent in 2009). The great thing is the sheer number of schools that have transformed their outcomes, unless of course we look at the English Bacc! Congratulations to:= colleagues at Allerton Grange High School, Boston Spa School, Brigshaw High School, Carr Manor High School, Crawshaw School, David Young Community Academy, Horsforth School, Lawnswood High School, Mount St Mary's Catholic High School, Primrose High School, Ralph Thoresby High School, Roundhay School, Royd's School, Wetherby High School and Woodkirk High School who all raised their game again this year. These results also build on the results from some outstandingly successful schools; St Mary’s Catholic High School achieved 84 per cent 5A*-C including English and maths and 92 per cent 5A*-C; Garforth Academy achieved 74 per cent 5A*-C including English and maths and 91 per cent 5A*-C; Abbey Grange CE High School achieved 72 per cent 5A*-C including English and maths and 81 per cent 5A*-C; while Guiseley School Technology College achieved 72 per cent 5A*-C including English and maths and 85 per cent 5A*-C.

These are our last scores on the doors as the education team in Leeds and highlight once more the significant improvements in GCSE results since Education Leeds was created 10 years ago. I am personally deeply proud of colleagues in these schools and Education Leeds and the fact that in 2001 only 39.5 per cent of young people achieved 5A*-C GCSE’s whereas this year the figure is 76.5 per cent while the figure for 5A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths, increased from 27.5 per cent to 50.6 per cent... now that's what I call brilliant!

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