Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Schools improving at GCSE level in county

12:15 25 January 2013

Essex county councillor Stephen Castle; Steve Castle; EADT 29 09 06

Essex county councillor Stephen Castle; Steve Castle; EADT 29 09 06

Archant

SCHOOLS in Essex are continuing to improve at GCSE level, according to the latest league tables published by the Department for Education.

shares

The average percentage of pupils getting at least five A* to C-grades at GCSE including English and maths is 58.9%.

The results rank the county 70th nationally – up two places compared to last year.

Colchester County High School for Girls and Colchester Royal Grammar School were among the best performing in the country.

At both schools, 99% of GCSE pupils achieved the required Key Stage Four grades, placing them in the top 100 nationally.

The top performing school in Essex overall was King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, which achieved a clean set of results.

The A-level achievement rates in Essex have also improved this year, placing the county 20th in the country compared to 25th last year.

Essex County Council’s cabinet member for education Stephen Castle congratulated all teachers, parents and pupils for their hard work and achievements.

He said: “We are aware the changes made to the GCSE English grade boundaries have affected the results in some of our schools.

“We understand that many schools are encouraging pupils to take re-sits, and pupils are performing very well in these.

“We are committed to working with schools to ensure that we achieve our aspiration of a truly world-class education system in Essex.”

However, Jerry Glazier, general secretary of the Essex division of the NUT, said he is “sceptical” about league tables and said it was important to “look behind” the figures.

“The union is quite sceptical about league tables,” he said.

“Being at the bottom can mean all sorts of things.

“Teachers are always trying to get their students in a position to achieve the best possible exam results. I don’t know a teacher who doesn’t do that. The union is always asking how as a society we can take responsibility for students who are from much more challenging backgrounds which undermine their ability to access the education that’s provided for them.

“These results are positive for Essex but we have to look behind that. League tables are a narrow judgement. It’s better to visit schools.

“What’s more important are schools having inspirational and effective leadership, valued staff who are recognised and rewarded. That way kids get a better deal.”

shares

0 comments

Michael Davey, left

Tributes have poured in for a “hugely influential” teacher who will be “profoundly missed” by staff, students and parents of a Suffolk independent school.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews have rescued a person from a house fire

Fire crews rescued a man in his 80s trapped in a house on fire this morning near Lowestoft.

A man had cash stolen from his wallet after two men robbed him in Acton Lane, Sudbury.

As part of World Book Day, pupils at Kesgrave High School took part in a media day , interviewing teachers and learning how to edit the footage. Sydney Brampton learning how to film.

Students at Kesgrave High School have turned into roving reporters for the day to celebrate this year’s World Book Day.

Police have charged two men alleged with acting as gangmasters

Two men people have been charged as part of a joint operation between Norfolk police, Suffolk police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

Peter Minter has written a book 'The Brickmaker's Tale' about the history of brick making in Bulmer, which dates back to 1450 and is the only place in the UK still making bricks using this method.

There is not much that Peter Minter doesn’t know about the centuries-old craft of brick-making.

The new Havebury Housing flats on Risbygate Street in Bury.

A row over “unjust” planning decisions has broken out in Bury St Edmunds, after 29 homes, built in the town centre without a single parking spot, caused “havoc”.

Grundisburgh Primary School pupils enjoying  Framlingham Castle.

Pupils took a trip back in time during a visit to one of Suffolk’s best-love attractions.

Sudbury Town centre

An ambitious project to ensure that Suffolk people remain healthy and independent for as long as possible is being launched in the Sudbury area.

Red Poll cattle in the fields around The Suffolk Food Hall, Ipswich.

The Suffolk Show is set to stage the first national competition for the iconic county cattle breed, the Red Poll.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages