YOUNGSTERS in Featherstone are celebrating after topping the GCSE league tables.
Students at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School have once again come top of the class as the highest performing school in the Five Towns at key stage four.
The Cutsyke Road school saw 98 per cent of its pupils achieve five A* to C GCSE grades for the second year running.
The school’s success was marred only slightly by the percentage of pupils achieving five A* to C GCSE grades dipping from 64 per cent last year to 60 per cent this year.
Mike Pyle, headteacher, said: “We are all pleased with the progress of our students last year.
“While the headline five A* to C figure was down a few per cent from our best ever score of 64 per cent last year, there was still much to celebrate, including a very positive value added figure.”
Pupils at Featherstone Technology College also had cause to celebrate as the most improved school in the Five Towns.
The Pontefract Road school saw its percentage of pupils achieving five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths increase to 50 per cent – up 16 per cent on last year.
Wayne Parkes, principal, said: “We’re delighted with the improvement in our results and it’s a testament to all the staff and students for their hard work.
“We’ve got a 27 per cent improvement over two years – a school in Birmingham has improved by 53 per cent in four years and our sights are very firmly fixed on achieving that.”
Students at Airedale High School achieved the highest value added measure of all the schools – which measures the progress of pupils from year seven to year 11 – with a total of 1065.5.
The school was one of three secondary schools in Yorkshire named in the top 100 schools in England based on their value added measure.
In A level results, Pontefract NEW College students achieved its highest figures to date.
Richard Fletcher, vice principal, said: “We are very proud of the class of 2011 who produced the college’s best ever results in terms of high grades.”
Mr Fletcher said 48 per cent of pupils achieved A* to B grades in their A levels which was three per cent up on last year.