Exam results in Wakefield show progress

Elaine McHale
Elaine McHale

SCHOOLS have been congratulated for an improvement in GCSE results.

The number of pupils achieving five good GCSE passes including maths and English has risen six years running, latest figures show.

Provisional results released by the Department of Education place the figure at 57 per cent of Wakefield pupils who took exams this summer. The figure has risen steadily from 42.9 per cent in 2005-6.

Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I am delighted that young people within the district continue to make excellent progress whilst at secondary school.

“What is particularly pleasing is that nearly every young person - 99 per cent - finished with some level of qualification and boys within the district performed much better than boys do nationally.”

But the figures also show that just one in ten pupils got the necessary grades to achieve the English Baccalaureate (E-bacc), an award for those who achieve A*-C passes in six GCSEs comprising English, maths, two sciences, history or geography and a modern language.

Some 14.4 per cent of pupils took the exams needed to earn the E-bacc.

Elaine McHale, the council’s corporate director of family services, said a commitment to vocational training and a wide range of GCSEs had affected the number of students taking the E-bacc.

She said: “There is no statutory requirement to deliver the English Baccalaureate, however, with its recent inclusion in performance tables it is likely that we will see schools adjust their curriculum in the future so that more students take this group of subjects.”

Detailed league tables showing the performance of every school will be published in January.