NEW league tables have revealed how Whitby and district’s two secondary schools are performing.
The latest figures for the 2011 to 2012 academic year were released by the Department of Education and rank schools on success in their GCSE’s and A Levels, among other things.
At Whitby Community College, 55% of its students achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and maths in 2012, compared to 54% in 2011 and 58% in 2010.
At Fyling Hall School in Robin Hood’s Bay, the figure this year was 43%, the same as last year but fell drastically short of the 73% achieved in 2010.
The national average for students achieving five A* to C grades or equivalent at GCSE this year was 59.4% while the county average was even higher at 65.6%.
The average GCSE points score per pupil at Whitby Community College was 476.6 while at Fyling Hall the figure was 336.1.
These figures are calculated by each GCSE grade being given points - an A* is worth 58 points, an A 52, B 46, C 40, D 34, E 28, F 22 and G 16. The county average for GCSE points per pupil was 506.1
For students sitting A Levels and other equivalent exams, Whitby Community College youngsters scored an average of 674.3 compared to 681.3 the year before. The points system gives different marks for each grade with an A-level grade A* scoring 300 points, an A 270, B 240, C 210, D 180 and an E grade 150.
The county average this year was 785.2 ranking the college in 32nd place. Students’ individual average A Level point score was 210.1.
At Fyling Hall, its pupils scored an average of 808.1 ranking it 21st in the county league table. The average A level point score per student was 239.4.
Head teacher of Whitby Community College, Keith Prytherch said he was pleased for those students who did their best and achieved what they were capable off.
” I think it’s unfair for people to look at raw scores and misinterpret them,” he said.
Mr Prytherch added that figures taking into account socio-economic factors and prior attainment, for example, show students are performing well when compared with similar schools.
Paul Griffin, the incoming headmaster of Fyling Hall said: “Fyling Hall is a small, non-selective school with a very broad intake, including the very academic, and international students and others with a wide range of ability.
“We are delighted to celebrate all of their achievements at any level, and the official statistics don’t always take into account the range of courses available.”
l See next Friday’s Whitby Gazette for a special feature on the college.