Local Authority Has Highest GCSE Pass Rate In England

school summer 1The number of pupils in Scilly passing five or more GCSE exams last year was the highest of any local authority in the country.

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.”

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