The Department for Children, Schools and Families is hailing England’s ‘best ever’ GCSE results, with the national average headline score (A*-C including English and Maths) reaching 50 per cent for maintained schools.
It also hails a drop in the number of National Challenge schools, with scores below 30 per cent, from 439 last year to 247. Unfortunately Hove Park is one of them, scoring 27 per cent. There are 3225 state secondary schools in England.
Today’s figures confirm the findings of the Openplace report, posted below, about the mediocre performance of Brighton and Hove’s secondary schools in general. The average headline score for the city, 44.5 per cent, is not only below the national average but below the figures for deprived inner London boroughs such as Lewisham, Lambeth and Newham.
According to the Argus, Brighton and Hove ranks 127th out of 152 local authorities on GCSE results. Three of its schools – Hove Park, Portslade Community College and Falmer – are in the bottom 200.
On the other hand, the Guardian has a report that shows how fast schools can change. The most improved school in the country is a college in Essex that has gone from 16 per cent in 2006 to 62 per cent this year.