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Haringey headteachers refuse to release results as they take a stand against GCSE league tables

Pupils at Alexandra Park celebrate their GCSE results. Pupils at Alexandra Park celebrate their GCSE results.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
7:00 AM

The GCSE results of some of the borough’s top performing schools will remain under wraps until January – as they rail against students’ achievements being reduced to a “simple ‘league table’ approach”.

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Half of Haringey’s headteachers have refused to reveal their schools’ overall GCSE results after they decided they wanted the focus to be on pupils’ individual achievements, rather than which secondary had performed the best.

Parents awaiting a league table will now have to wait until the Department for Education (DfE) releases them early next year.

However, an overall average for Haringey’s schools has been released, with the borough equalling last year’s record breaking 63.6 per cent of students getting five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

Patrick Cozier, Highgate Wood headteacher and chairman of Haringey Secondary Headteachers’ Forum, explained the unusual decision.

“As a family of Haringey schools, we very much wanted the focus of this year’s results to be on celebrating the successes of all of our students,” he said.

“It would be a real shame for the hard work and fantastic achievements of students to be reduced to a simple “league table” approach, which takes no notice of the different challenges faced by different schools, pits schools against each other and goes against the spirit of borough-wide recognition of Haringey’s young people.

“We are, of course, perfectly happy to share results with our parents and confirmed results will be released by the DfE later this year.”

Highgate Wood, Fortismere, Alexandra Park and Greig City are all among those who arekeeping quiet.

However, those who have shared their overall results have reported widely positive, with Hornsey School for Girls reporting at five per cent increase on last year’s 65pc of students getting five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

Tottenham’s Gladesmore and Northumberland Park both reported increases, from 63 to 68pc and from 51pc to 57pc respectively. Only last year’s best performing school, St Thomas More, in Wood Green, reported a drop - down 3pc to 86pc.

Cllr Claire Kober, Haringey Council leader, said the results were “further evidence of the first rate education provided in Haringey”.

She added: “We’re committed to meeting the ambitious targets we’ve set ourselves in the Outstanding for All agenda and delivering the best possible education for all students in Haringey.”

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