Keighley's top class pupils ‘make the grade’

Holy Family year 12 students celebrate the school’s GCSE grades success

Holy Family year 12 students celebrate the school’s GCSE grades success

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Keighley is celebrating some top class performances in latest school league tables.

Oakbank School’s GCSE results have put it in the top two most improved secondaries in the district, and in the top 200 nationally.

“It is fantastic,” said headteacher, David Maxwell.

“We have also been acknowledged by Alps as being in the top 25 per cent nationally for our A-level performance during the past three years, which again is a huge achievement.

“Everyone involved at Oakbank is committed to improving the school for our students.”

Alps provides A-level, AS level and BTEC Level 3 value-added reports and training to more than 1,400 schools and colleges nationally.

At Holy Family Catholic School, 63 per cent of students chalked-up five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades, including English and maths, ranking it eighth in Bradford district.

“Considering that five years ago the figure stood at 31 per cent, you can see the progress the school has made in its recent history,” said delighted headteacher, Lawrence Bentley.

“Ofsted confirmed our judgement that this is indeed a ‘good’ school when they visited last year. Our target for this year is 70 per cent, which would again represent another huge shift.

“We are equally pleased this upward trajectory has been maintained despite the differing abilities of each cohort of students. The percentage of students making expected progress in both English and mathematics is also pleasing. and is a product of hard-working and dedicated staff, fantastic students and very supportive parents.”

District-wide, GCSE results improved last year, and the gap between results and the national average narrowed.

More pupils in the district gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, in last summer’s exams than in 2012, bucking the national trend. But that was not enough to stop Bradford falling five places in the national league table – it is now placed 140 out of 150 local education authorities.

At A-level, the final validated results show Bradford district’s average points per pupil decreased by 11.1 to 647.2. There was also a reduction nationally by 8.7 points to 724.3 in 2013.

Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “I am pleased the gap between the district and the national performance in GCSEs has, once again, narrowed, but I am aware there is work to be done to further improve Bradford’s overall results.

“There have been some notable school successes, and these schools deserve to be congratulated. This is evidence of the positive work being carried out by the council and the Bradford Partnership of secondary schools.”

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