League table results show achievement in Suffolk secondary schools has improved

County Upper School Bury St Edmunds A Level results'Megan Filkins, Liliana Luongo, Ben Ward and Louise Chartron'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150813-115427009
County Upper School Bury St Edmunds A Level results'Megan Filkins, Liliana Luongo, Ben Ward and Louise Chartron'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150813-115427009
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Achievement in Suffolk’s secondary schools is improving according to the latest league table results.

In the Department for Education data, published this morning, 54.5 per cent of pupils gained five or more A* to C GCSEs or equivalent including English and maths in 2015 compared to 51.7 per cent in 2014.

The national average for all schools in England was 53.8 per cent and 57.1 per cent for just state funded schools.

It sees Suffolk rise in the overall league table - going from 125 to 106 out of 151 local authorities.

In Bury St Edmunds, County Upper School remained on top with 70 per cent of pupils reaching the benchmark.

The strongest performing school in West Suffolk was the Samuel Ward Academy, in Haverhill, with 72 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A* to C GCSEs or equivalent including English and maths.

Suffolk has also climbed from 108th to 79th in maths and from 119th to 87th in English.

Students making expected progress in English have narrowed the gap to the national figure, from a gap of 2.9 per cent to 0.7 per cent.

Expected progress in Maths is now at the national figure - last year’s results showed Suffolk as 3.4 per cent below.

The performance of Suffolk’s disadvantaged pupils (those eligible for free school meals or children looked after) has shown a 4 per cent increase on the previous year, with the national figure remaining static.

The results today also see Suffolk ranked in 21st position for A-level results in 2015.

In key measures of A-level, academic and vocational attainment at key stage 5 Suffolk is above the national figure for points per student.

The average point score per student for Suffolk’s A-level cohort was 799.8 compared to 778.3 nationally, and for all academic entries was 801.9 compared to 785.4 nationally.

For Suffolk’s vocational students the average points per student was 578.2 compared to 577 nationally.

Councillor Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said: “It is very pleasing to see continuing improvement in Suffolk’s exam results. Congratulations to all our young people and members of staff whose hard work has been rewarded with these results. Today’s results round off a year where we have seen improvements across all age groups, this is clear evidence that our Raising the Bar strategy is having a really positive effect.”

To view a PDF of our local schools’ data click here

See next Friday’s Bury Free Press for a full round up.