Calderdale second best in region for GCSEs and A-Levels

Wendy Moffat, head teacher at Crossley Heath School, Halifax with students celebtaing  100 per cent passes at A* to C.
Wendy Moffat, head teacher at Crossley Heath School, Halifax with students celebtaing 100 per cent passes at A* to C.
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Calderdale has slipped behind Kirklees in terms of performance by students in GCSE exams.

But there was good news with the number of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including English and Maths has risen from 59.4 per cent in 2011 to 61.1 per cent in 2012.

While we led the way in GCSE performance in West Yorkshire last year Kirklees now tops the table with 62 per cent of pupils achieving the five good GCSEs level - both authorities are well above the national average of 58.8 per cent.

The biggest achievers from the statistics were Crossley Heath School, Halifax, which saw 100 per cent of pupils achieve the five good GCSEs standard and North Halifax Grammar School where 99 per cent of pupils made the grade.

Sowerby Bridge High School saw the most improvement with a ten per cent rise in the number of pupils getting five good passes from 37 to 47 per cent.

Brighouse High School came in third in the GCSE tables for Calderdale with 75 per cent of pupils getting five good GCSE passes.

At A-Level we are ranked second again regionally with an average point score per pupil of 728.5 while Kirklees leads the way with an average point score of 850.6 - the national average is 754.4. The Kirklees score is boosted by performance at Huddersfield New College and Greenhead College which are attended by many Calderdale students.

Crossley Heath was again top of the charts for Calderdale with an average of 1044 points per pupil. It was followed again by North Halifax with an average point score of 831.1.

Ryburn Valley High School was ranked third with an average of 798.3 points per pupil - up from 739.1 in 2011.

Nationally the average GCSE passes fell slightly from 58.9 per cent last year to 58.8 while at A-Level the points figure rose steeply from 728.2 to 754.4.