City struggles to make the grade

Meadowhead School GCSE Results'Leah Nicholson, Tessa Vallely, Rebecca Dronfield, James Barber, Rachel Green, Clara Percival and Benjamin Jackson
Meadowhead School GCSE Results'Leah Nicholson, Tessa Vallely, Rebecca Dronfield, James Barber, Rachel Green, Clara Percival and Benjamin Jackson
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Mixed GCSE results from Sheffield’s leading schools saw the city’s momentum falter this year - after record-breaking improvements in 2012.

This year’s city-wide pass rate of students achieving five A*-Cs including English and maths is provisionally 57% - up just 1%.

By contrast in 2012 the pass rate rose by a full six per cent.

It means the city is unlikely to achieve one of its main objectives in education, to match the national average.

Last year that stood at just under 59%, and while final figures have yet to be calculated it is not expected to fall significantly. Sheffield’s top state school this year was Notre Dame, where 80% of students made the grade.

After a poor 2012 King Edward VII bounced back to 65%, up 14, while Tapton was up four to 75.

But King Ecgbert had a disappointing year, down from 80% to 69%, and High Storrs was down, too, from 72% to 68%.

Silverdale was stable on 72%, up one, as was Meadowhead staying the same on 65.

Problems at other schools also held the city’s progress back. Results at Birley Community College were significantly down, falling from 63% to 50%, while Hinde House at Shiregreen was down ten to 44%.

At City School, Stradbroke, the pass rate fell from 44% per cent to 41%, while Parkwood Academy was down from 47% to 41%.

Of most concern to education chiefs will be the performance of Yewlands Technology College at Parson Cross, which was down from 39% to 37% – now the worst performing school in the city.

Along with Chaucer, it remains below the Government’s minimum ‘floor target’ of 40%.

Over the last year Chaucer responded by converting to Academy status and forming a partnership with high-achieving Tapton School, but Yewlands has already gone down the Academy route.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said more young people had still done well this year and the pass rate had reached an all time high.

“There were some remarkable results, with wonderful outcomes for students who now have access to sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeships or training,” she said.