Mixed exam results for North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 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.

But the average A-level point score per student dropped to below the national standard, suggesting pupils at that stage are taking less 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 Weston Mercury patch Sidcot School came out on top for its average A-level points score per student, but dropped in its average score per exam from the previous two years.

Top average points score per A-level exam for the same area went to Weston College, but it fell behind some of the others with its average points score per student, again suggesting each pupil took fewer exams.

Sidcot also got the best results for the number of pupils achieving at least five A*-C grades, to include English and maths, at GCSE level or equivalent. Every pupil that took the exam came out with that benchmark.

Wyvern Community School fell behind in the same results, with only 31 per cent of eligible pupils achieving similar marks - though this did represent a significant rise of eight per cent compared to 2008.

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.

"I congratulate the students on their marvellous achievements."

The unitary authority says it 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.

The SAT results, shown in another table below, were released last year, but show the achievements of children before they leave primary school.

* In Somerset, 49 per cent of pupils achieved 5 or more A*-C grades (or equivalent), including English and maths.

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