Mixed GCSE results in South Gloucestershire with Castle School topping the league table and Chipping Sodbury School coming second to last

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IT WAS a mixed year for schools across the district with some recording improved GCSE results and others failing to meet national of regional standards.

Across South Gloucestershire 56.4 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades including English and maths last summer, according to the latest Key Stage 4 and 5 performance tables published by the Department of Education. This represented a slight increase from the 56 per cent recorded 2011.

The Castle School in Thornbury topped the region’s league table this year with 76 per cent of students getting five or more GCSEs and scoring A* to C grades including in English and maths. It surpassed both the regional and national averages, respectively standing at 56.4 per cent and 59.4 per cent. The score represented a major increase from the previous year, where just 66 per cent had achieved such marks.

Despite a slight drop from 2011, Winterbourne International Academy came second in the region with 74 per cent of 15 and 16 year olds scoring five or more A* to C grades, including in English and maths.

The previous summer, the school had hit the 80 per cent mark.

Although some maintained academic standards, others plummeted down the performance table, failing to meet both the regional and national averages.

Chipping Sodbury School came second to last in the regional table with just 46 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths. This was a significant decline compared to the school’s 2011 average of 53 per cent.

Brimsham Green School and Yate Academy also recorded a slight dip in their scores.

A total of 53 per cent of students received five or more A* to C grades including English and maths at Brimsham Green compared to 57 per cent in 2011.

At Yate Academy, 49 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades as opposed to 51 per cent.

Marlwood School in Alveston fell short of the regional average with just 55 per cent of pupils receiving five or more GCSEs at A* or C grades, including English and maths.

The previous summer, they had scored 57 per cent.

To view the local schools' results visit www.education.gov.uk

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