Less than one in 10 hits GCSE target at Northamptonshire school

Daventry UTC

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Initial school league tables have been published, showing fewer than 10 per cent of pupils at Daventry UTC reached the Government benchmark.

Eight per cent of pupils obtained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, compared to 45 and 35 per cent at Parker and DSLV respectively. The average for schools across England was 52.8 per cent.

Campion achieved 61 per cent, Guilsborough 67 per cent, and Southam College 81 per cent.

The provisional performance table were released early by the Department for Education this year to allow parents to view the figures ahead of school applications.

The definitive tables will be released in January, but Daventry UTC does not contest the percentage recorded by the Government. This was the first year the UTC had pupils sitting their GCSEs, and it is understood many of its first intake of students were disillusioned with education at their previous schools.

Principal David Edmondson said: “The majority of our students made very good progress from their varied starting points with us with a renewed interest in subjects studied. All students achieved the qualifications they needed to move onto further education, employment and training. All year 10 students who took GCSEs early were very successful which bodes well for going forward.

“Ofsted recognised the working environment that is founded on high expectations for discipline and conduct while nurturing an atmosphere of mutual respect and camaraderie, in which students feel very safe and cared for.”

The UTC took its first pupils in September 2013. The school was graded as ‘requires improvement’ overall by Ofsted in the summer. However, inspectors said the school’s leadership was ‘good’, the behaviour of pupils was ‘good’, and the achievement of pupils was also ‘good’.

Daventry’s MP Chris Heaton-Harris said: “The UTC does a very good job with the pupils it has. But these results are disappointing.

“The other two secondary schools in the town are heading in the right direction, but we have a long way to go before I and more importantly parents and students in Daventry are satisfied with the grade of education provided here.”

The performance tables can be viewed online at www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html.