North Yorkshire A level and GCSE students perform well above national average

Free schools had the best Progress 8 scores on average

Scores for the county's students for progress eight - which measures progress from primary to secondary school - and attainment eight - which includes results from eight subject entries per pupil, with double weighting for English and maths - also puts North Yorkshire first for Yorkshire and Humberside and in the top 15 per cent of authorities nationally.

She said the statistics were skewed by the way they were calculated.

"They've clearly made the most of the opportunities they've had, and so much of that is down to the skills and professionalism of our dedicated teachers and support staff".

"Progress from year 10 to 11 - the time students are at the UTC - is exceptionally good".

It compares pupils' results with the achievements of other pupils that have the same prior attainment and measures performance across eight "core" qualifications.

On the percentage of pupils who achieved grade 5 or above in the 2017 reformed English and maths GCSEs, the Sheffield average was 39.1 per cent, slightly below the national average of 42.6 per cent.

The Grade 5 headline measure has caused concern nationally as pupils previous year were judged by a different standard and were considered to have passed their exams if they achieved a grade 4 or above. Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading.

"I'd like to congratulate everyone at the school for the way in which they've risen to the challenge, particularly the introduction of tougher GCSEs in English and Maths".

In response to the published scores, Philip Wayne, headmaster at Royal Grammar School told parents their Progress 8 score is "meaningless" because last year's Year 11 pupils sat IGCSEs - global GCSEs - for both English language and literature.

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For Shropshire the six schools with the highest average Attainment 8 score per pupil at GCSE were The Priory School, Mary Webb School and Science College, The Corbet School, Church Stretton School, William Brookes School and Belvidere School.

"The strategy of focusing our resources on student outcomes has paid off", he said.

"However, league tables do not give a full picture of everything that takes place in our school, and we are proud of the full breadth of educational experience that we provide for our students".

The top performing school in Nottinghamshire was the Outwood Academy, Portland, which achieved an above average Progress 8 score of 0.76.

Easthampstead Park Community School was "well bellow average" by 0.65.

"We have students who are perhaps doing four GCSEs and a number of vocational subjects".

Suffolk has seen a fall in its Progress 8 score after achieving -0.01 compared to 0.02 previous year. They are not run by local authorities. Many of our GCSE scores continue to be above national.

For more league table results, see next Friday's Bury Free Press newspaper.

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