Every secondary school in Northampton hitting Government GCSE benchmark

GCSE results at Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Road, Wootton Fields.
GCSE results at Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Road, Wootton Fields.

Every secondary school in Northampton has achieved the Government’s ‘floor target’ of at least 40 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C GCSE grades including English and maths.

The official secondary school league tables released by the Department for Education show that a number of the schools in the town have made big improvements in their GCSE results.

The number of GCSE students now achieving the Government benchmark in Northamptonshire is 58.1 per cent, which is still behind the national average of 59.2 per cent.

After achieving a 23 per cent increase in the number of students hitting the Government benchmark from 34 per cent in 2010 to 57 per cent in 2013, Abbeyfield School in Mereway is ranked as one of the top 60 secondary schools in the country for improvement.

Other strong performers included The Duston School where 62 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths, compared to 50 per cent in 2012.

Pupils and staff at The Elizabeth Woodville School (EWS) are also celebrating after the school was ranked as one of the top seven per cent of schools in England, according to the latest tables.

Principal Pamela Hutchison. “It is not good enough to equip our students with the skills that employers in this country are demanding. Our ambition is that EWS students are equipped to study, work and live anywhere in the world. I know that many of our students are the leaders of tomorrow and I am sure, therefore, the future is in innovative, safe and caring hands. I am very proud of all that our staff and students have achieved and look forward to our academy going from strength to strength.”

Caroline Chisholm School in Wootton has overtaken Northampton School for Boys and Northampton School for Boys as the best state secondary school in Northampton town as 78 per cent of GCSE students achieved the government benchmark, compared to 59 per cent in 2012.

Campion School in Bugbrooke, near Northampton, also managed to achieve a figure of 78 per cent, up from 70 per cent in 2012.


Left to right, the name of the school and the proportion of candidates getting five A* to C-grades including English and maths.

1) Northampton High School, 98 per cent

2) Overstone Park School, 88 per cent

3) Sponne School, Towcester, 80 per cent

4) Campion School, Bugbrooke 78 per cent

5) Caroline Chisholm School, 78 per cent

6) Quinton House School, 75 per cent

7)Guilsborough School, 74 per cent

8) Northampton School for Boys, 73 per cent

9) Elizabeth Woodville School, Roade, 70 per cent

10) Northampton School for Girls, 63 per cent

11) Moulton School, 63 per cent

12) The Duston School, 62 per cent

13) Abbeyfield School, 57 per cent

14) Northampton Academy, 55 per cent

15) St Peter’s Independent School, Northampton, 52 per cent

16) DSLV E-ACT Academy Daventry, 52 per cent

17) Malcolm Arnold Academy, 50 per cent

18) Thomas Becket Catholic School, Northampton, 48 per cent

19) The Parker E-ACT Academy, Daventry, 47 per cent

20) Kingsthorpe College, 45 per cent

21) Weston Favell Academy, 40 per cent