Secondary schools around Haverhill have performed well in the latest gradings, despite being hit by the summer GCSE grade boundary shift.
Samuel Ward Academy came tenth in the county (out of 44) for the percentage of students getting five GCSEs at grade A* to C including English and maths (71), while Castle Manor came 36th (40 per cent).
However, the percentage for Castle Manor would have been 48 – potentially propelling the school up to four places in the rankings – had it not been for the grade boundary fiasco in the summer.
A shift in the boundaries increased the marks needed for a C in English, so pupils who would have C for a piece of coursework in January found themselves awarded a D for the same piece submitted in June.
Despite being low down the table for the pass percentage, Castle Manor had the best value added rating of any school in Suffolk, followed by Samuel Ward.
Samuel Ward’s percentage could have risen by seven were it not for the shift, potentially lifting it five places.
At Stoke College 59 per cent of students met the standard.
At St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds 56 per cent of students met the grade as it came in 21st out of Suffolk’s schools.
It came 15th for value added.
Suffolk as a county fared poorly, coming 142 out of 151 local authorities with only 51 per cent of students achieving the five A* to C standard, compared to the national average of 59.
Cambridgeshire fared much better, coming 94th out of all the counties.
Linton Village College was tenth out of Cambridgeshire’s 37 schools with 73 per cent of students meeting the standard, while Sawston Village College was two places behind (66 per cent).
They were fifth and sixth respectively for value added.
Essex did better still in 69th, with Hedingham School coming 26th out of 84 schools with 67 per cent of pupils meeting the target.
It came eighth for value added.
For the full story and all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 31) Echo.