Camden and Haringey pupils achieve lowest GCSE grades for five years

Haverstock School pupils celebrate their GCSE results in August. Picture: Polly Hancock

Haverstock School pupils celebrate their GCSE results in August. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Pupils in Camden and Haringey this year scored the lowest percentage of “good” GCSE grades in five years, according to figures released for the first time on Thursday.

Pupils in Camden and Haringey this year scored the lowest percentage of “good” GCSE grades in five years, according to figures released for the first time on Thursday.

Provisional borough-wide results reveal that 55 per cent of pupils in Camden and 53.6pc in Haringey achieved the government benchmark of five A*-C GCSEs including English and mathematics in August for the 2014/2015 academic year.

This is down from 60.5pc in Camden and 59.1pc in Haringey last academic year, according to the data unveiled by the Department for Education (DfE).

The data excludes results from independent schools.


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This year marks the first time the government has released provisional GCSE and A-level results data and school league tables early to help parents make a more informed choice about secondary schools for their child. Confirmed results will still be published in January.

Both Camden and Haringey performed worse than the London average of 59.5 per cent, but smashed the national average of 52.8pc.

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The last year the boroughs’ pupils scored lower results was in the 2009/2010 academic year, when 53.1pc of pupils in Camden and 48pc in Haringey achieved the benchmark.

A Haringey Council spokesman said: “We are of course disappointed that Haringey’s provisional GCSE results dropped slightly this year following several successive years of improvement, which saw Haringey schools’ performance hailed by the Department for Education.

“While results remain above the national average, we are determined to continue to improve education in the borough.”

Cllr Angela Mason, Camden’s cabinet member for children added: “The provisional results published show that Camden remains above the national average at the key measure of five A*-Cs including English and maths.

“However, as with a number of London boroughs, beneath the overall headline is a mixed picture of individual school achievement.

“As ever, we will continue to support and work with all our borough’s schools to ensure they have the capacity and capability to achieve the best possible outcomes for their pupils.”

Westminster also saw a fall in “good” GCSE grades this year, with 66.7pc of pupils achieving the benchmark compared to 68.1pc last year.

But in a year which saw a slight slump in “good” GCSE grades nationally, Westminster pupils performed the best in inner London.

Pupils in Barnet bucked the national and local trend, with 69pc of the borough’s teenagers achieving the benchmark compared to 67.5pc last year.

For the second year, selective Henrietta Barnett School in Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb came joint-top of all state secondaries in the country after 100pc of pupils achieved the government benchmark of five A*-C GCSE grades including English and mathematics. It was ranked first alongside 32 other schools out of more than 6,000 schools in England.

King Solomon Academy in Marylebone was ranked the best non-selective comprehensive in the country after 93pc achieved the benchmark.

La Sainte Union Catholic School in Highgate Road, Dartmouth Park came ahead of all other Camden schools in the league tables and was ranked an impressive 304th, with 78pc of pupils achieving the government benchmark. Camden School for Girls in Sandall Road, Camden Town, was the next best-performing, with 77pc of pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE. It was ranked 319 in the country.

Haringey’s top performing schools is Fortismere in Tetherdown, Muswell Hill. It is ranked 349th in England, after 76pc of pupils met the government benchmark. Alexandra Park was Haringey’s second best-performing secondary, with 75pc of pupils meeting the standard, ranking it 370th in the country.

The DfE also released provisional A-level data.

Teenagers in Camden and Haringey surpassed the London average of 15.5pc for the percentage of pupils achieving at least three AAB grades at A-level, with 15.1pc of youngsters in Camden and 18.6pc in Haringey meeting that standard. In Barnet, 27.4pc of pupils achieved at least three AAB grades.

To see how your child’s school performed, visit the Department for Education’s website.

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