STUDENTS at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone are celebrating after topping both the GCSE and post-16 education league tables.
Figures released by the Department of Education showed the Cutsyke Road school performed well across the board last year, with 98 per cent of its pupils achieving at least five A*-C grades at GCSE and 64 per cent achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths.
Key stage four (GCSE) students at the school achieved an average point score of 627.7 which is assessed on the cumulative achievement of students over two years. The national average was 438.5.
In the post-16 education league table, students at St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form College received an average point score of 880.3, a significant increase on their score of 782.6 achieved in 2009.
The school also had the lowest percentage of persistent absence, at just 1.6 per cent.
Mike Pyle, headteacher, said: “The league tables confirms that students at St Wilfrid’s enjoyed well deserved scores last year.
“The results at the end of key stage four and sixth form indicate excellent progress through the time spent at the school.
“Staff are to be congratulated for their efforts. Students of all abilities studied with enthusiasm and commitment to fulfil their potential across a broad range of subjects.
“We are now refocusing our plans to meet the revised bench marks set by the government. Life is never dull in school and St Wilfrid’s is ready for the challenge.”
Students at Castleford High School and Airedale High School performed equally well with 92 per cent of pupils at both schools achieving five A*-C GCSE grades.
Castleford High saw 60 per cent of students achieving five A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths and Airedale High had the highest contextual value added score in the district of 1,053.4.
Michaela Blackledge, co-principal at Airedale High, said: “We are delighted with the results but not surprised as our pupils and staff worked exceptionally hard. “We are particularly pleased with the CVA figure as this measures the progress that our pupils make from when they arrive at the school in year seven to when they leave in year eleven.’
High-scoring King’s School in Pontefract saw 65 per cent of its students achieve five A*-C grades including English and maths. It also had the highest percentage of students achieving the new English Baccalaureate award at 27 per cent, which recognises pupils’ achievements across a core of selected academic subjects.
Overall, the league tables show 216 schools did not meet the minimum overall national target for GCSEs – meaning tens of thousands of children were taught in under performing schools last year.
Government targets stipulate that 35 per cent of pupils must achieve five “good” passes (A* to C), including maths and English.
Featherstone Technology College missed this target by one per cent.