31% of students at Castle Vale School have been awarded a grade A*-C in at least five GCSE subjects including English and Maths. That’s a jump of 9% on last year, and takes the school above the crucial 30% target set by the previous Government as part of the National Challenge. Headteacher Clive Owen said: “We are delighted, and it’s a credit to the hard work of the students and the teachers.”
The number of students who achieved 5 A*-C without including English and Maths has also risen. Last year it was 62%. This year, it is currently at 66% but that figure may go up to around 70% when all of the results are finalised. “It is a more complex system than in previous years,” says Clive Owen, “and it will take a bit more time to finalise the figures.”
The number of students with 5 A-G passes is currently at 96%, the same as last year, but the School is hopeful that this year’s figure may rise to 97% when all results are in.
The school had been under immense pressure to reach the 30% National Challenge target; schools below that figure had been categorised as ‘failing schools’ by previous Education Minister Ed Balls. Schools need to reach the 30% figure for two consecutive years to be out of the National Challenge category.
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