League table results gloom for Doncaster schools

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Two of Doncaster’s schools have failed to hit minimum targets on GCSE grades - with the borough languishing 13th from bottom out of 152 local authorities.

According to the latest statistics Danum Academy and Mexborough School failed to hit the Government’s benchmark for at least 40 per cent of pupils to get five C grades or above, including English and Maths.

Scores of other school’s saw results plummet compared to the previous year’s results.

But staff and education bosses have hit out at controversial Government reforms that have seen resit results and some vocational qualifications removed from performance tables contributing to the drop in performance.

More than 300 state schools across the country did not hit the target - double the numbers of 2013.

Headteachers said the tables do not reflect the true picture.

The Department for Education (DfE) said the rise in schools below the floor target was down to two key reforms - a decision that only a teenager’s first attempt at a GCSE would count in the annual performance tables, and a move to strip “poor quality” vocational qualifications out of the rankings.