Local Authority Has Highest GCSE Pass Rate In England
League tables published today by the Department of education showed that 84.2% of students at the Five Islands School gained five or more passes at A* to C grade.
The average in England was 66.5%
If Maths and English are included, that figure dropped to 73.7%, again the highest.
But the high marks came at a price. The data shows that the total spend per pupil at the school was £9,761 against a national average of £5,944.
£4,752 of that total was spent on teachers with £1,195 used to employ support staff. That was almost twice the national average of £626.
But the 2015 expenditure was down slightly on the previous year, when £10,165 was spent on each student.
However, the data shows that some areas need improvement.
The number of youngsters at Key Stage 2 attaining level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths fell last year to 69%, below the national average of 80%.
At the Children’s Committee meeting in October, Head Teacher Linda Todd said the small group sizes in Scilly can skew the results and just a couple of children with special educational needs can have a large effect on the numbers.
Children’s Committee Chairman Christine Savill also said that the authority would be supporting a KS2 improvement plan at the school by “putting more money into it.”