Late GCSEs are a blow for Sheffield schools

King Ecgberts School 'Class Act
King Ecgberts School 'Class Act

Sheffield schools look set to fall short in their bid to match national average GCSE pass rates - after several secondaries belatedly released disappointing results.

Early signs were that the city was on track to overtake last year’s national A*-C pass rate, which stood at 58.8 per cent.

Coun Jackie Drayton, for Sheffield Lord Mayor.

Coun Jackie Drayton, for Sheffield Lord Mayor.

But provisional calculations now all the results are in, show Sheffield teenagers on 57 per cent, up by just over one per cent overall.

And while across the country fewer students achieved the top three grades than last year, it is unlikely the final overall national pass rate will fall by two per cent.

By contrast 2012 was an excellent year for the city, with the pass rate up by an impressive six per cent.

Of the six city schools which were slow to release their results last week, five fared worse than in 2012.

King Ecgbert at Dore was the best performing state school last year on 80 per cent, but this year slumped to 69.

Results at Birley Community College were also significantly down, falling from 63 per cent to 50.

High Storrs slipped back from 72 to 68 per cent, while at City School, Stradbroke, the pass rate fell from 44 per cent to 41.

Of most concern to education chiefs will be the performance of Yewlands Technology College at Parson Cross, which was down from 39 to 37 per cent – now the worst performing school in the city.

Along with Chaucer, it remains below the Government’s minimum ‘floor target’ of 40 per cent.

Over the last year Chaucer responded to its situation by converting to Academy status and forming a partnership with high-achieving Tapton School, but Yewlands has already gone down the Academy route.

The exception in the late released results was Stocksbridge High School, which increased its pass rate from 55 per cent to 57.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said more young people had still done well this year and the pass rate had reached an all time high.

“There were some remarkable results, with wonderful outcomes for students who now have access to sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeships or training,” she said.