Two Northampton secondary schools have fallen below minimum GCSEs standard, league table shows

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Only three out of 13 secondary schools in the Northampton area achieved an increase in the number of GCSE students hitting the Government benchmark of five A* to C grades, including English and maths, latest figures show.

The official GCSE results, published by the Department for Education, reveal that two academies in Northampton - Malcolm Arnold and Weston Favell- have dropped below the Government’s “floor” target of 40 per cent of pupils achieving five “good” GCSEs.

Results at Malcolm Arnold Academy, which has enjoyed a period of sustained improvement since it was taken over by the David Ross Education Trust in 2010, fell from 50 per cent in 2013 to 36 per cent last year.

However, the worst performing school in the town was Weston Favell Academy, sponsored by Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, where results dipped from 40 per cent to 33 per cent.

Other schools in the town that experienced a sharp drop in GCSE results last year included Abbeyfield, where the number achieving five A* to C grades, including English and maths, fell from 57 per cent in 2013 to 40 per cent last year.

At Caroline Chisholm results decreased from 78 per cent in 2013 to 60 per cent, at the Duston School from 62 to 49 per cent and at Elizabeth Woodville School, which has a campus in Roade, from 70 to 51 per cent.

A drop in results also took place at Northampton Academy, which dipped from 55 per cent in 2013 to 49 last year and Thomas Becket Catholic School, which dropped from 48 to 47 per cent.

The three schools in the town celebrating an increase in results included Kingsthorpe College, where results went up from 45 per cent in 2013 to 50 per cent and Northampton School for Boys, which increased from 73 to 75 per cent.

Debbie Morrison, principal of Kingsthorpe College, said: “We have worked hard as a team of staff and put some new systems in place so we can track students every grade.

“We are already to be higher than we were this year as well.”

The most improved school in the town was Northampton School for Girls, where results increased nine per cent from 63 per cent in 2013 to 72 per cent last year.

Julia Harley, headteacher of NSG, said: “our success is down to the commitment of our girls and their families and to school staff. We are constantly striving for all our girls to achieve their full potential.

Nationally, the number of schools failing to meet government benchmarks on GCSE grades and progress has doubled to 330 schools.

The fall in standards has been attributed to a number of changes introduced to the 2014 exams including the banning of re-sits and some vocational and academic qualifications being removed.


Percentage of pupils achieving five A* to C grades, including English and maths

2013 2014

Abbeyfield School 57 40

Campion School 78 54

Caroline Chisholm 78 60

The Duston School 62 49

Elizabeth Woodville 70 51

Kingsthorpe College 45 50

Malcolm Arnold 50 36

Moulton 63 63

Northampton Academy 55 49

NSB 73 75

NSG 63 72

Thomas Becket 48 47

Weston Favell 40 33