Schools climb league table

Brid School Entrance
Brid School Entrance

BOTH Bridlington secondary schools are celebrating after climbing up the GCSE results league table.

Headlands School saw 65% of its students pass five GCSEs between grades A* and C, while Bridlington School saw 66% of its students reach this benchmark.

This represents the highest ever GCSE pass rate for both schools.

They also achieved their best results in the numbers of students achieving five GCSE’s grades A* to C, including both English and Mathematics – with Headlands seeing 44% of its students reach this target and Bridlington School seeing 45%.

This is an improvement on last year’s results for both schools, but is still below the regional average of 58% and a national average of 53%.

Headlands School is also celebrating a notable A/AS-level points score, which at 798 points per pupil puts it well above the regional average of 718 and the national average of 744.

Bridlington School meanwhile recorded a score of 582.5 but headteacher Sarah Pashley explained that the reasons for this relatively low result is that the average points score is calculated on students taking three A-levels at A2, but for a range of personal reasons, some Bridlington School students were only able to sit two.

She continued: “Because of this, their results are not included in the average points score per student and this has skewed the figure downwards.

“The school considered it was more important to allow the students to complete their two A-levels, even though this would have a negative impact on the average points score per student.

“Our average point score per entry has risen however and is significantly higher than previous years at 181.2,” she added.

In a joint statement from the two headteachers, Scott Ratheram of Headlands and Sarah Pashley said that they were both delighted with the results.

They said: “Bridlington School Sports College and Headlands Community Science College are extremely pleased with our GCSE and A-level results.

“The league tables clearly show significant improvements in student achievement.

“This is great news for both the schools, great news for our students and parents and great news for Bridlington.”

They added that most of their A-level students had earned enough points to get into their chosen universities and that the schools were looking forward to working closely together in the future to offer a greater range of courses to students over the age of 16.

In national terms, the East Riding jumped 11 places up the league table to 42nd and recorded a sixth successive year of improvements in GCSE results.

Mike Furbank, head of improvement and learning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We are very proud that year after year, young people across the East Riding continue to achieve even better GCSE results in our secondary schools in a wide range of qualifications.”

He added: “We are proud of the work done by young people throughout the East Riding with the support of their carers and families.

“We greatly appreciate the hard work of headteachers and school staff that has contributed to the significant improvements in learners’ results in our schools over the last few years.

“That they achieve this against a backdrop of poor funding for education is a testament to their determined commitment to their pupils’ achievement.”

Coun Penny Peacock, portfolio holder for schools, added: “These results are tremendous and confirm what we found out in the summer that 2010 was our best year for results so far.

“We must remember that these figures come from thousands of individual successes and the pupils, their families and the school staff should all be congratulated for these impressive results.”