‘Erratic’ English results in Sheffield questioned

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TWO Sheffield schools are querying their students’ GCSE English results.

Yewlands Technology College in Parson Cross said it was investigating marks, with the possibility of a full remark, after some ‘disappointing and erratic’ English results.

The school’s five A* to C grade pass rate, including English and maths, has risen to 40 per cent from 35 per cent last year.

But headteacher Angela Armytage said a higher rise to 50-plus had been expected.

She added: “It’s up and we are pleased, however we’ve got good maths results but very disappointing and erratic English results.”

Notre Dame High School at Ranmoor is also querying English results.

The school’s five A* to C pass rate including English and maths was 73 per cent – compared to 82 per cent at A to C last year.

Headteacher Jane Willis said results had held at high levels in ‘virtually all subjects’ with a ‘slight dip’ in English.

She added: “This year the examinations board introduced new specifications in English and we will be querying the English results with the board.”

A total of 16 per cent of grades at Notre Dame were at A* and 38 per cent at A* or A.

Ms Willis said: “Students and staff have done a tremendous job, especially as they have had major building works going on.”