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Top success for school as it bests the rest in new GCSE figures

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • Stuart Pearce visitng John Taylor High School for a q + A Sessiona nd a short training session with some of the students.....Mike Donoghue - Head teacher, Stuart Pearce

  • Repton archway to Repton school

  • Repton school / church

  • REPTON SCHOOL REPTON DERBYSHIRE photo : Andy Weekes

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A SOUTH Derbyshire school is celebrating after coming top of the table in terms of its GCSE results.

Repton School stormed to first place after it was revealed that 94 per cent of pupils had netted five or more A* to C GCSE grades.

The next top performing school in South Derbyshire was John Port School, in Main Street, Etwall, which saw 59 per cent of pupils scoop five top grades or more.

The best performing school in East Staffordshire was John Taylor High School, in Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood, with 77 per cent of pupils coming out on top.

The national average was 59.2 per cent meaning that two schools in East Staffordshire – Abbot Beyne and Paget – and four in South Derbyshire – Granville, John Port, Pingle and William Allitt – failed to meet the average mark.

Repton School head teacher Robert Holroyd said: “We are absolutely delighted by our position.

“Yet again we had an excellent set of GCSE results with more than 30 per cent of entries awarded an A* and almost two-thirds (65.8 per cent) graded A* or A.

“Among the subjects in which every candidate entered was awarded an A* to C pass were biology, chemistry and physics, an excellent result in the year that the school’s multi-million Science Priory was officially opened.

“Our GCSE pupils excelled in their studies and these superb results saw them well prepared to go on to succeed in whatever they decided to do next.”

In terms of pupils gaining any five or more A* to C GCSE grades, Repton School just missed out on being top dog in the county with a score of 99 per cent, meaning that it had to settle for second place behind Ockbrook School.

Granville Sports College, in Woodville, was next best South Derbyshire school with 88 per cent.

In East Staffordshire, de Ferrers Academy, in Burton, came out on top with 94 per cent, closely followed by John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, with 93 per cent.

The national average was 81.8 per cent.

In East Staffordshire, Blessed Robert Sutton Sports College, in Stapenhill, finished lowest of schools in the area with 68 per cent.

In South Derbyshire, Pingle School, in Swadlincote, finished bottom of the rung with 62 per cent.

However, there was good news for all schools involved as none registered lower than 40 per cent, the level at which inspections and investigations are instigated at schools.

John Taylor High School head teacher Mike Donoghue spoke to the Mail about his ‘pride’ after the school received some of the best results in the area.

He told the Mail: “We were all very pleased with results.

“One of things that stood out for us is that they showed that pupils at the school have added value since they came to the school.

“This means that since they arrived here on their first day, they have not only learned more but learned more than was expected.

“This is great news for the school and has delighted all the people who work so hard with our youngsters.

“Also when you compare year on year, we have made steady growth and that is always a pleasure to see.

“To be fair, the results were no real surprise but it is still nice to get them through and see them.

“It is also pleasing to know that we have performed well when compared to other schools in the area, countywide and across the country.

“However, we have now almost confined those results to the past and are focused on getting this year’s pupils to the same level or even higher.

“We also hope that people set to come to the school or looking at it in the future, see these results and see what we can offer prospective pupils.

“This a great time for the school but we will also strive for more.”

In terms of A-level rankings, Repton School was the top ranked South Derbyshire school, being the fourth best across the county with a score of 886.8 points per pupil.

The A-level scoring system takes into account pupils’ exam results and course work.

The next best performing school in the area was John Port School with a score of 781.7. In East Staffordshire, the best performing site was Blessed Robert Sutton Sports College with a score of 802.6. The national average was 796.5.

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