Both our colleges under performing

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LEAGUE tables for last year’s A Level and GCSE results have shown that both colleges in the Express area are under performing.

Just 43 per cent of students at Hemsworth Arts and Community College and 48 per cent at Minsthorpe Community College achieved five or more A*-C GCSEs including English and maths, compared with the local authority average of 57.4.

And only 46 per cent of students at Minsthorpe and 60 per cent at Hemsworth achieved three A levels, compared with a local authority average of 78.1.

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School had 60 per cent of students who achieved five A*-C GCSEs including English and maths and 91 per cent who gained three A levels.

The results are particularly damning when compared to the fact that schools across the Wakefield district achieved their best-ever GCSE results in 2011, although the district is still behind the national average of 58.2 per cent.

However, neither Minsthorpe nor Hemsworth college fell below the national ‘floor’ standard of 35 per cent for 2011 or the 40 per cent standard set for 2012.

The Department for Education statistics also show that the number of students achieving the English baccalaureate at both colleges - six per cent at Hemsworth and eight per cent at Minsthorpe - fell below the national average of 15.4.

The baccalaureate is a performance measure that recognises where students have achieved a C grade or above in a range of core subjects, including English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language.

League tables are used by parents to compare local schools. The Department for Education has released 500 per cent more data than last year to help parents decide on their child’s schooling future.

Coun Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The publication of finalised 2011 GCSE results today confirmed the excellent outcomes achieved by young people across the district.

“I know these results will have provided students with the confidence to continue their learning journey. GCSEs are building blocks for the future and we will continue to work to help all young people realise their ambitions.”

Elaine McHale, corporate director for family services, added: “These results confirm the quality of secondary schools across the district and the strong partnerships that exist to support young people in their learning. We will continue to work in partnership to build even further on these very positive results.”

Neither John Gregory, principal at Minsthorpe, or Pamela Massett, principal at Hemsworth, was available for comment.