Nottingham schools among worst in the country, according to new league tables

league tablesSecondary schools in Nottingham have come third bottom in the whole country for GCSE results.

Schools in the city came 150th out of 152 local authorities across England for GCSE scores, with only 44 per cent of pupils achieving five A*-C grades.
The national average sits at 53.4 per cent, meaning that Nottingham schools are almost 10 per cent under the average.
This is the worst that Nottingham has done in the league tables in just under a decade.
The highest achieving schools in the city were Nottingham Girls’ High and Nottingham High School, which scored 99 and 98 per cent respectively.
The city’s state schools, however, could not match the feats of the city’s two independent institutions, with many schools scoring under 40 per cent.
Seven high schools in the city have been in special measures since December 2013, and while they have improved they are still not performing to an acceptable level.
Paul Halcro, headteacher at Bulwell Academy, said that the league tables were completely irrelevant.
He said: “It isn’t about what the students left with, it’s about their first exam. They are out of context.
“It is a farce, dishonest and makes them completely irrelevant.”
The West Bridgford School was one of the best performing state schools in the area, with 83 per cent of pupils achieving five A* – C grades including maths and English.
Even so, the school’s headteacher Rob McDonough questioned the credibilty of the tables.
He said: “What credibility would a football league table have if the results were taken after 80 minutes? It would have none.
“What you have in these league tables relates nothing at all to the children’s actual qualifications.”
Mr McDonough is worried that people outside of education will look at the tables and think that schools are performing badly when they are not.
Despite this, with Nottingham schools propping up the national league tables, it is clear that there is a problem in the city’s schools .
However, there was some good news for Nottingham as it was announced that the city’s A-level results are 40 points higher than the national average.
The average score in Nottingham was 749.4, while nationally it is 709.1.

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