The management team at a poorly performing schools has vowed to improve standards following a summer of turmoil.
Failing Mexborough School was placed into special measures by Ofsted inspectors in May with management, pupil attainment and teaching all being singled out as under-performing.
GCSE results revealed the number of students gaining A* to C GCSE grades in maths and English was down compared to last year and 88 per cent of AS students got at least one pass – down from 92 per cent last year.
But school leaders praised students for their hard work in ‘challenging circumstances’ and vowed to give more support to staff to improve teaching ahead of the new academic year.
Deputy headteacher Kate Myers said: “Our headteacher Mirjam Buhler-Willey resigned in May and we are going through a period of adjustment. Despite difficult times, staff have continued to give unwavering support to our students.
“The necessary steps have been taken to ensure that we make the rapid and sustained improvements needed to take the school forward. The number of students joining sixth form in September are still in line with previous years.”