Grammar schools get top spot in the tables

CALDERDALE'S grammar schools continue to dominate the local GCSE and A-level examination league tables published today by the Government.

But all schools can draw some solace from the figures which include the average number of points scored by each pupil who sat the various exams last summer.

Top spot in the GCSEs is shared by Crossley Heath and North Halifax grammar schools, where nearly all pupils got five or more top grade passes in subjects that included maths and English.

Not far behind were the fee paying students at Hipperholme Grammar and Rishworth schools.

Leading the comprehensive challenge were pupils at Brighouse High, Brooksbank, at Elland, Calder High, at Mytholmroyd and Rastrick High.

The bottom two schools – St Catherine's Catholic High and Park Lane Learning Trust have recently undergone major changes.

The Catholic High is set lose its religious status and become an academy while Park Lane only acquired trust status last year.

GCSE results at Sowerby Bridge High School and Todmorden have improved continuously during the past four years while the percentage of pupils getting five or more top grade passes at Holy Trinity has gone down.

Holy Trinity became an academy last September and is due to move into a new building in two years.

The picture at A and AS level is more complex with far fewer pupils sitting examinations.

Again Crossley Heath and North Halifax grammar schools have taken top spot with Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High and Brighouse High not far behind.

Sowerby Bridge High School has cause to celebrate its A-level success along with the pupils at St Catherine's.

Calder High and Todmorden High are bottom of the maintained list and fee paying pupils at Hipperholme Grammar and Rishworth schools bottom of the whole table.

Calderdale's GCSEs are now above the national average and second only to Wakefield in West Yorkshire.