Progress of town schools ‘phenomenal’

By Ian Dipple Thursday 31 January 2013 Updated: 01/02 10:00

THE PROGRESS of Redditch schools has been described as ‘phenomenal’ by the woman in charge of education in the county.

Coun Jane Potter, responsible for education and skills on Worcestershire County Council, said recently published GCSE and A-Level league tables showed the borough now boasted some ‘excellent schools’ to match those elsewhere in the county and across the border.

Trinity High School was ranked seventh in Worcestershire in the GCSE standings with 80 per cent of pupils achieving 5* to C grades.

The Easemore Road school also performed well for its Value Added Score - which measures the progress pupils make as they pass through the school - coming second in Worcestershire, while Arrow Vale and Kingsley College made it into the top 20.

Kingsley College saw its GCSE results rise from 49 per cent in 2011 to 63 per cent in 2012 securing 17th spot in the table. St Augustine’s Catholic High School finished 20th on 61 per cent and Arrow Vale was 21st with 59 per cent, a ten per cent rise on previous year.

Redditch schools also performed well in the A-Level/AS Level league tables with St Augustine’s coming sixth and Kingsley and Arrow Vale also making it into the top 20 best performers in Worcestershire.

“The progress our schools have made is phenomenal,” Coun Potter said.

“We have got some brilliant headteachers in Redditch and their governors and teaching staff have got behind them and galvanised the students to do better.

“I would encourage every parent with a child about to move school to go and look at our high schools in Redditch before they decide to send them across the border, as we have some of the best schools and they will be very impressed when they visit them.”

Alcester Grammar School was among the top 200 schools in the country with a 100 per cent pass rate at GCSE. St Benedict’s Catholic High School was 13th in Warwickshire with a 78 per cent pass rate, Alcester Academy was 23rd on 61 per cent and Studley High was 33rd with 54 per cent.

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