Two schools among worst 100 in Britain

TWO Halifax schools were among the worst 100 in Britain in last summer’s GCSEs.

St Catherine’s Catholic High, Holmfield, and Park Lane Learning Trust, Exley, featured in the bottom 100 when it came to GCSEs including English and maths.

There were only 11 schools worse than Park Lane, which had a pass rate of 23 per cent.

“And that is totally unacceptable,” said head teacher Stephen Taylor.

“But it has to be remembered this school has gone through a very turbulent time. I am the sixth head in five years.”

Both schools say they are on course to shake off the tag in the next round of exams.

Since Mr Taylor took over last September, new teaching programmes have been set up and the pass rate for pupils who sat early exams in November reached 31 per cent.

He said: “The teaching staff and students are wonderful.

“Parents and the community are highly supportive and we are predicting the pass rate this year will be closer to 40 per cent.

“I am not surprised where we were last year. But what is important is where we are now and where we are going to be very soon,” said Mr Taylor.

The head of St Catherine’s, Trish Sheard, said her school’s results had been badly affected by the uncertainty over future provision.

It is soon to sever its links with the Leeds Catholic Diocese and is seeking to become an academy.

Butr she added: “I am confident we will not be in the 100 list again and that we will exceed the target which has been set for us this September.”

Mrs Sheard said that instead of a 30 per cent top grade pass rate, including English and maths, it should reach more than 40.