We must do better say education bosses

Coun Ivan Taylor says more needs to be done to improve standards in Blackpool schools
Coun Ivan Taylor says more needs to be done to improve standards in Blackpool schools
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Education chiefs and teachers today admitted more work needs to be done after the latest school league tables were published.

Schools across the Fylde coast experienced mixed results, with league tables produced by the Department of Education showing of Blackpool’s secondary schools only one – St George’s School – improved on the previous year’s ‘gold standard’ GCSE results of five or more grades at A* to C, including Maths and English.

According to the figures St Mary’s College saw a drop of 11 per cent from 2013 to 2014, with figures falling by six per cent at Collegiate School.

Figures did not make much better reading for value added score – the figure based on the difference schools make from when children join to when they leave, with measures falling for the majority of schools in the resort.

Coun Ivan Taylor, (pictured) cabinet member for children and young people on Blackpool Council, admitted more needs to be done to improve standards in secondary schools.

He said: “The community of secondary schools recognise they need to improve.

“We are working hard through an improvement board to share good practice and we provide support from the authority.

“We are part of a programme called Head Start which looks at the problems that affects children between the ages of 10 and 14 when it can be a difficult period.

“We recognise that achieving at least five A* to C GCSEs is important and so we have got some maths and English initiatives.

“We have brought in support from Education London which had a good record to help with this and try to improve our performance.”

In Wyre, Fleetwood High School pupils saw a four per cent rise in five GCSEs A* to C from 2013 to 2014, while Cardinal Allen Catholic High School had a five per cent fall from 66 per cent to 61 per cent.

Richard Barnes, headteacher at Fleetwood High School, said: “While we recognise there is still much work to be done, we are very pleased that there has been a 17 per cent improvement in the headline figures in the two years since I took post.

“We are confident further improvements in results in will be seen this summer.”

Grade percentage at A* to C for five subjects or more including Maths and English dropped for St Aidan’s School and Hodgson Academy, but Baines School saw a slight rise of three per cent.

In Fylde, Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College students’ pass rate remained level at a 64 per cent in five GCSEs at A* to C including Maths and English, with St Bede’s School in Lytham dropping from 68 per cent in 2013 to 57 per cent for the gold standard grades - but showed an increase in its value added score.

Star performers in south Fylde were pupils at St Annes College, which saw A* to C results rise by 33 per cent, while at AKS Lytham, a quarter of all grades were at A*, with more than half of all grades at A* or A.

Mike Walton, the headteacher of AKS, said: “These exceptional grades are among the best that either legacy school has ever had and are testament to the effort and dedication of my teaching staff and our pupils.”

Figures in the gold standard subjects dropped at Carr Hill School by seven per cent, but at Kirkham Grammar School rose by nine per cent, with 87 per cent of students earning top grades.

See our six-page results special in tomorrow’s Gazette