GCSE results: how Burnley and Padiham schools did

Hameldon Community College in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons
Hameldon Community College in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

Two Burnley schools have seen GCSE exam results improve while others have seen a fall in a mixed bag across the town.

Hameldon Community College in Burnley and Shuttleworth College in Padiham both bucked a trend seeing the percentage of pupils achieving grades A* to C including English and maths at GCSE stage rise.

The Government statistics were published this morning by the Department for Education.

Hameldon saw its percentage increase by 24% from a figure of 32% in 2013 to 56% in 2014.

Shuttleworth College also saw a slight increase in pupil attainment, albeit by a much smaller margin of 1%, from 33% in 2013 to 34% in 2014.

Of the statistics available, the biggest percentage fall in Burnley was at Sir John Thursby Community College where the percentage of pupils achieving five or more grades A* to C fell by 12% from a position of 48% to 36%.

Unity College also saw a decrease, in its case 9%, from 51% to 42%, and Blessed Trinity RC College saw its figure fall by 1%, from 57% in 2013 to 56% in 2014.

Not all headteachers are happy with the way the results have been recorded, however, with one saying they represent a misleading picture at his school in terms of pupil’s actual performance.

David Burton, headteacher at Sir John Thursby Community College, said: “These performance tables only count a pupil’s first entry and have been called nonsense nationally.

“When our students sat their exams​​ in May, 54% achieved five A* to C with English and maths, a 16% increase in two years.

“Also 56% achieved English and maths, so 100% of our students left with the qualifications for their place in further education, employment or training.

“Nationally around 10% of all students are not in education or employment at 16.

“We expect our students to achieve over 60% this summer and, at least, 65% in 2016.

“We celebrate the excellent results of our students which puts us well on the way to being an outstanding school at our next inspection because Ofsted look at all data.”

Results for Burnley High School, the Visions Learning Trust University Technology College, Ridgewood Community High School and The Rose School were either zero or not applicable.