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Schools and colleges making the grade

Schools and colleges making the grade

Published at 12:02pm 22nd January 2016. (Updated at 5:40pm 22nd January 2016)

North Yorkshire is still achieving GCSE and A-level results well above the national averages, according to new figures.

School performance tables show that 62.4% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, in their GCSEs.

The county is once again ranked in the top 20% of authorities for this key measure of secondary school attainment.

Outcomes for disadvantaged pupils have increased by nearly four percentage points.

A-level students have again performed well in all academic and vocational measures, with nearly 20% of them gaining at least three A-levels or equivalent at AAB grades which are needed for entry to many prestigious universities.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools, said: "We wish to congratulate young people and our schools who work so hard to support them, for this strong performance.

"As always, schools in North Yorkshire work extremely hard and effectively to prepare our young people very well for their next steps into training or further and higher education.

"These tables show that compared to the national picture, our schools continue to perform extremely well and that strong partnerships between schools and between schools and the County Council continue to pay dividends and continue to push up standards.

"Strong school performance means all young people, including the most disadvantaged, can leave school with the skills and qualifications necessary to access the full range of choices, including apprenticeships and entry to the top universities.

"The local authority is ambitious for its schools and is working with them to ensure that each and every one of North Yorkshire's children and young people can attend a good or outstanding school and increasing numbers of our schools are now achieving this category."

In a separate analysis of figures by the Press Association, The Skipton Academy has been highlighed as one of more than 300 state schools which fall below the Government's 'floor standards' for secondaries.

In 2015, 29% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades in their GCSEs.

However, the school, which was established in September 2014, saw English results improve by more than 10% on the previous year's achievements by the then Aireville School.

Other subjects saw qualifications gained generally in line with expectations.

Principal Wendy Hamilton said: "We were pleased to note outcomes which reflected hard work and dedication from the students, plus commitment and professionalism from the staff.

"We had an extremely busy first year for The Skipton Academy. Our core focus was on securing high-quality academic outcomes for all of our students and revisiting our curriculum to ensure we are offering a broad range of subjects and qualifications, with progression routes through to post-16 study.

"We were especially pleased with our English results which were significantly better than previously achieved.

"We appreciate that there is still a lot of work to do to get greater consistency of outcomes across all subject areas and this is something on which we are working hard this year."