Mixed bag of results

PUBLISHED: 09:05 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

IT WAS a mixed bag of exam results for North Somerset last year – according to figures released this week.

IT WAS a mixed bag of exam results for North Somerset last year - according to figures released this week.

The department for children, schools and families has published the performance tables for GCSE and A-level scores across the country.

In North Somerset, the GCSE pass rate went up for the seventh year in a row and the average A-level point score per student also improved for the fourth time.

However, the average A-level point score per student dropped below the national standard, suggesting pupils are taking less A-level exams than in previous years.

For the exams students are taking they appear to be scoring well, but as they do not appear to be taking as many, they do not have the same chance to score as many points.

In the Times patch, Backwell School came out on top for GCSE results in 2009 and also top for the average score achieved for each entry into an A-level exam.

Gordano School achieved the highest average point score per student in A-levels.

Backwell School headteacher Julian Baldwin said: "The full report shows that the results in all subjects are really good

"It also shows that students of all abilities, as well as boys and girls, are all achieving really well.

"The students work really hard and have a really good attitude - they take their learning seriously but they enjoy it as well."

In the newspaper patch, St Katherine's School in Pill received the lowest GCSE results and the lowest average score achieved for each entry into an A-level exam.

Nailsea School achieved the lowest average point score per pupil in A-levels.

North Somerset Council executive member for education Jeremy Blatchford said: "I am delighted that the district has once again produced a strong set of GCSE and A-level results."

The unitary authority is also keen to recognise the achievements of the special schools across the area and says their outcomes are not easily recognised by the performance tables.

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