Pupils across Hereford celebrated excellent GCSE examination results in 2014 according to statistics released by the Department for Education today (29 January 2015)
Despite a series of reforms designed to toughen up the exams system, Herefordshire improved its GCSE results last year. It was one of only six local authorities nationally to have done so.
Herefordshire’s top performing secondary was St Mary’s RC High School where 87% achieved at least five GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, and over half of all pupils attained at least 3 top A* and A grades.
Pupils in seven Herefordshire secondary schools attained better GCSE results, including English and Maths, than their peers nationally. Those schools were Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, John Masefield High School, Fairfield High School, Queen Elizabeth Humanities College, John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre, St Mary’s RC High School and Wigmore School
Councillor Jeremy Millar said, “I’m very proud of our young people and delighted they have been rewarded for all their hard work. I’d like to thank all of their teachers and parents for their support. Giving young people the best start in life is a priority for this council, we work in partnership with many organisations including local schools to make this a reality. ”
The latest ratings also included the results of the English Baccalaureate (EBAC) - a new performance indicator which measures the percentage of students in a school who achieve five or more GCSE A*-C grades in English, mathematics, two sciences, a foreign language and history or geography. EBAC results for pupils at Aylestone Business and Enterprise College, Earl Mortimer College and Sixth Form Centre, Lady Hawkins Academy and Sixth Form Centre and Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College show significant improvement
The full datasets can be viewed online http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/