Early indications show rise in Sheffield’s pass rate

Ecclesfield Comprehensice School GCSE results Rowan Akers, Rebecca Herring and Leah Topham
Ecclesfield Comprehensice School GCSE results Rowan Akers, Rebecca Herring and Leah Topham
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AN OVERALL rise in GCSE pass rates has been predicted at Sheffield schools.

Last night the city council said early indications suggest the benchmark of success - five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths – had increased by seven per cent, or six per cent when special schools were included.

All headteachers praised the hard work of students and staff.

Schools celebrating improvements included High Storrs School, up four per cent to 72, Newfield, up ten per cent to 45, and Mount St Mary’s College, up seven per cent to 80.

King Ecgbert also had a top pass rate at 80 per cent. At grades A to C Birkdale had a 100 per cent pass rate.

At King Edward VII in Broomhill 39 per cent of students got three A* or A grades - the best ever – with data still being analysed because of English mark concerns.

There were more mixed results at Sheffield Springs Academy, where 30.2 per cent of students achieved the crucial pass rate, down from 32 per cent and below the so-called ‘floor standard’ set by the Government.

Springs said six students were awarded 17 GCSEs, or equivalent, and 79 per cent achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C without English and maths, an increase of four per cent.

Andy Buck, United Learning’s managing directors for academies, said it had been a ‘time of transition’.

He added: “But we have a very positive future ahead of us with a new principal on board and initiatives underway that will contribute to accelerating improvement.

“I have every expectation that this time next year we will celebrating the kind of increase in results achieved at sister academy Sheffield Park today.”

Fir Vale said its rate was 45 per cent, an increase from 40, when a ‘substantial’ group of students who joined school two years ago with no English skills were not included.

Head Breffni Martin said results were ‘excellent’. He added: “Our added value progress remains one of the highest of any school in Sheffield.”

Silverdale School had a drop of two per cent, to 72, attributed to the national ‘depression’ in English. But 43 per cent of students had at least three A* or A grades and there were improvements elsewhere. Wales School said its pass rate was 56 per cent.