League tables show schools improving


Latest education league tables released by the government show that exam results at Ilkeston secondaryschools are improving.

Sixty-three per cent of pupils at Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College gained five or more A* to C-grades at GCSE or equivalent, including English and maths, in last summer’s tests.

While 44% and 55% of students gained five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, at the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy and Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy respectively.

The area’s best performing school was St John Houghton Catholic School, in Kirk Hallam, where 68 per cent of pupils got five of more A*-C, including English and maths.

The results put the school at number eight in the Derbyshire rankings for this category.

Schools in the Derbyshire County Council area saw a rise from 57.2% in 2012 to 59.1% last year in pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades with English and maths – the measure by which schools are judged – bucking the national trend which saw a dip from 59.4% to 59.2%.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesperson admitted the authority faced some challenges, but added: “It’s great to see that young people in the county are bucking the national trend in some of the most important areas.”

A-level league tables were also published this week and for the first time the data has been divided to show A-level and vocational qualification performance in schools in an attempt to make it easier for parents to spot what schools and colleges specialise in. Some schools appear in both lists, while others only appear in the A-level data.

Here are how schools locally performed.

The Ormiston Ilkeston Academy had an average point score of 711.8 and came in at 24th in the league table, while Kirk Hallam Community College’s average points score was 681.5 meaning it ranked at 27th by points score per academic student.