Secondary school league tables: Dudley still best in the Black Country

Schools in Dudley have come top of the pile for GCSE and A-level results in the Black Country for the second year running, according to figures out today.

Windsor High School headteacher Stephen Lanckham with pupils, whose school came fourth in Dudley
Windsor High School headteacher Stephen Lanckham with pupils, whose school came fourth in Dudley

Across the borough 53 per cent of pupils taking their exams in 2015 gained the Government’s benchmark of five or more GCSEs at A* to C, including English and mathematics – a slight drop from the previous year’s results.

Dudley sits in 117th position in the national table for GCSEs. Last year the borough came 114th.

The figures, which were released today by the Department for Education (DfE), also showed that Dudley came 36th out of 152 local authorities for A-level results, with an average points score per pupil of 785.3.

Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for children’s services at Dudley Council, vowed that the council would continue to build on the improvements shown by its schools in recent years.

He said: “While we are yet to receive the final validated results, we are pleased that early indications show that we have maintained our standards in GCSE attainment.

“We will continue to build on this over the next 12 months and support our schools and our young people in achieving the very best educational outcomes.”

The borough also posted improved primary school performance figures last year.

Old Swinford Hospital School came top of the pile with 81 per cent of 85 pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.

Meanwhile Windsor High School in Halesowen saw 69 per cent of pupils gain the benchmark grades. The Richmond Street school came in 4th place in the borough, matching last year’s performance.

Headteacher Stephen Lanckham, said: “We have been delighted with another set of excellent results and recognise that they represent the hard work, commitment and collaboration of staff and students. Well done to all concerned.”

The Coseley School finished in 20th position in Dudley with just 31 per cent of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at A* to C including English and maths.

The school has been earmarked for closure by council chiefs and was the focus of a protest on the steps of Dudley Council House earlier this week.

Castle High School and Visual Arts College came 19th in the table with 35 per cent of 113 pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.

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