GCSE success and relief for Vale School

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.


One response to “GCSE success and relief for Vale School

  1. Ann Froggatt

    Congratulations to all the students, staff and head-teacher – brilliant results, you must all have worked incredibly hard.