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The Dukeries College, Ollerton, has hit the Government target for GCSE pass rates for the first time.

League tables released yesterday show 31% of pupilsachieved five A*-C grades including maths and English — meeting the Government target of 30%.

In the summer, pupils recorded the school’s best ever GCSE performance with an overall pass rate for five A*-C grades in any subject of 52%.

Government ministers announced last year that no schools should be falling short of the 30% target by 2011.

The school’s principal, Mr Danny Smith, said: “We are delighted at the Dukeries with our students’ GCSE results in 2008.”

Mr Smith said the school’s overall pass rates consolidated recent improvements.

He was particularly pleased with the school’s contextual value added score, which measures the progress of pupils from joining the school to their GCSEs.

The Dukeries contextual value added score of 1,015.2 ranks the school fourth in the county.

Mr Smith said another important statistic was that every pupil had achieved at least one GCSE.

Mr Smith, who joined the school in autumn 2007, said: “I put the tremendous improvement down to the hard work of students and staff here, and the staff’s commitment to getting the best from every single student.”

Mr Smith said although A-level pupils’ average point score was slightly lower than last year, all who were aiming for places in higher education achieved them.

The Minster School, Southwell, was the second best comprehensive school in Nottinghamshire with 71% of pupils gaining five A*-C grades, including maths and English.

Overall, it came sixth in Nottinghamshire for GCSEs and fifth for A-levels, but the tables do not differentiate between selective schools and non-selective schools.

The school scored more than double the Government target of 30% and was wellabove the 47.6% national average.

It has consistently been the best performing school in the Advertiser area in both GCSEs and A-levels.

Only 22 schools in the country achieved a lower percentage of pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE, including maths and English, than the Magnus School, Newark.

It was the worst of the 52 schools in the Nottinghamshire local education authority area with 13%. This was down from last year’s score of 28%.


The Government target is 30% and schools that fail to meet this target are judged to be under-performing and could face closure or being turned into an academy if their results do not improve.

Advertiser area schoool GCSE pass rates at five A*-Cs, including English and maths in %, with the school’s overall pass rate in brackets: Southwell Minster 71%, (6); Toot Hill, Bingham, 68%, (8); Tuxford 57%, (15); Sir William Robertson 50%, (26); Dayncourt School, Radcliffe, 49%, (21); Grove 38%, (33); Dukeries College, Ollerton, 31%, (43); Newark High 20% (50th); Magnus 13%, (52).

A-level point score per candidate with school’s overall rankin brackets: Southwell Minster 841.6 (5); Tuxford 815.5 (8); Grove 774.6 (13); Magnus 759 (15); Toot Hill, Bingham, 723.8 (25); Dayncourt 649.9 (29); Dukeries 612.1 (35).

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