Mixed results for Skegness-area schools

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There have been mixed results for Skegness-area schools in the latest figures for GCSE and A Level results.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, in Alford, was one of the top schools in Lincolnshire in the 2014 exam league tables which were published last week.

But King Edward VI Academy, Spilsby, and Skegness Academy fell short of the Government target for the number of pupils obtaining five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths.

Just 25 per cent of pupils at King Edward VI and 24 per cent of pupils at Skegness Academy achieved the benchmark of 40 per cent.

Nationally the number of schools failing to achieve the standard has doubled, with the fall attributed to changes that have made the exams more rigorous.

Skegness Academy asked for English GCSE papers to be re-marked after identifying issues with grading.

Principal Elizabeth Silvester said: “The GCSE results last summer were a shock for us, as well as pupils and their families. Several Government reforms have seen the results for many schools and academies drop significantly in 2014 and we were particularly affected by the changes to grade boundaries. A large number of exam papers were sent back for re-marking and in many cases marks were moved up to just one mark below the boundary for a C grade.

“We are monitoring English and mathematics extremely closely and are receiving excellent support from our sponsor, the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT).

“We remain focussed on driving up standards and improving the progress and outcomes for all our pupils. We are confident that the actions and interventions we are implementing will secure improved performance in 2015.

“This is a one-off result. Since the GDFT took over, examination results have risen markedly and parents should be reassured that we fully expect results to return to their previous high levels in 2015.”

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, in Alford, was ranked fifth in the county for GCSE in terms of the proportion of pupils achieving at least five grades ranked A* to C including English and maths (96 per cent) and 10th for A Level results in Lincolnshire in terms of the average point score by student (where an A* grade scores 300 points, an A 270, a B 240, a C 210, a D 180, and an E 150).

Alford achieved 899.4 in this measure, Skegness Grammar 793.8, and Skegness Academy 631.1.

Alford Head teacher Angie Francis said: “It is very pleasing to not only come top in our local area for GCSE and A Level results but also, within the county and nationally, our students be seen to make exceptional progress. I am proud of our students’ achievements and privileged to work with such dedicated staff and supportive parents.”

Skegness Grammar School was ranked 12th for its GCSE results in the county with 92 per cent of pupils obtaining five grades at A* to C including English and maths.

John Spendluffe Technology College, Alford, celebrated record GCSE results last year placing the school in 21st place in the county in this measure.

Head teacher Steve Beverley said: “The results are testament to the hard work of our staff and students and are another indication of our consistent success over the last few years. There is some fantastic teaching and learning taking place at this school and our results are clear evidence of this.

“School is about more than exam results and we are also proud of the opportunities and facilities we provide for our students. However, in a competitive employment market, we need to ensure that our students have all the academic qualifications possible to allow them to have the best opportunities in 
life.”

The Standard contacted King Edward VI Academy and Skegness Grammar School, but no-one was available to comment at the time of going to press.