League tables see fall in pass rates at Ilkeston schools

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Government school league tables has shown a dip in the GCSE pass rate for schools in Ilkeston.

At Kirk Hallam Community Academy the pass rate for pupils achieving a A* to C grade was 37 per cent in 2014, compared to 63 per cent the previous year.

Headteacher Martin Ebbage said the dip in overall results was only temporary, adding that individual successes of students should be celebrated, rather than the headline figures.

At Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, though, on paper, the pass rate was down - from 55 per cent to 41 per cent - the table had not taken into account the fact that it was the first set of results since it became an academy following the merger of Ormiston Enterprise Academy and Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, which were both in special measures.

The merged academy is regarded by Ofsted as a new school.

A spokesperson for Ormiston Academies Trust said: “Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy pro-actively re-focused its curriculum last year so that, after concentrating on the key subjects of English and Maths, more students are now taking a greater range of academic GCSEs. This is rightly ambitious.

“While many schools across the country have seen a marked drop in their GCSE results as we report against the new measures for the first time, we are clear that this year represents a turning point that will be for the benefit of children in the longer term.

“The longer that schools are part of Ormiston Academies Trust, the better they get.

“The team are ambitious to continue to drive improvement, and ensure students acquire the highest academic, social and practical skills.”

At Saint John Houghton Catholic Academy, the pass rate was down eight per cent on the previous year.