FOR another year running, league tables showing how our secondary schools fared at last year’s exams show a wide range across the region.
At one end of the scale, Bennerley Business and Enterprise College – now Ormiston Enterprise Academy – was one of the lowest performing in Derbyshire.
The Cotmanhay school scraped through the Government’s 35 per cent floor target with just 37 per cent achieving five GCSEs including maths and English last summer.
Principal of the new academy Eddie de Middlaer said: “The new academy will do its level best to focus on better learning and achievement.
“I do think things will improve and that will be shown by our exam results in August.”
Independent Trent College in Long Eaton was the best performing school in the region for another year running with 98 per cent of pupils achieving grades A* to C and 94 per cent scoring three A-levels.
The best performing school in Ilkeston was St John Houghton Catholic School in Kirk Hallam with 69 per cent A*to C grades.
Headteacher Bernard Monaghan said: “We are delighted with our summer 2011 results. We have a committed team of staff who want the very best for our students and we enjoy and celebrate their many successes.
“The exceptional pastoral care we provide enables students to focus on learning and their academic achievements are a direct result of the great teamwork between parents, students and staff.”
Seven out of the 11 schools in the region were above the Derbyshire average score of 58.4 per cent and the national average of 58.2 per cent for achieving five top grades.
Ilkeston School – now Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, Heanor Gate Science College, The Long Eaton School, Michael House School and Bennerley were all below average.
The most improved school was Friesland School in Sandiacre, which was under the national average last year at 47 per cent. This year the school has leapt to 62 per cent.
The best performing sixth-form was George Spencer Academy in Stapleford which had an incredible 100 per cent of its pupils achieve three A-levels. Friesland School was next with 97 per cent.
Bottom of the table for A-levels was Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton with exactly half of its pupils achieving three A-Levels.
This year the Government has released 208 sets of statistics available to view to measure schools against each other. Added last year was the English Baccalaureate, shown as a percentage of students who achieved grade A* to C in five subjects including English, maths, two science subjects, a language, history or geography.
The top performing school under this measure was George Spencer with 16 per cent. Bottom again was Bennerley with zero per cent.