GS is still top of the class

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NATIONAL league tables published today for 2011 show Lincolnshire’s schools continue to provide an excellent education for our young people, with results for GCSEs above the national average.

And topping the table for the ninth year in succession is Caistor Grammar School, with an average points score per student of 1083.8 and an average points score per entry of 421.8.

At GCSE, the school saw 100 per cent of its students getting five A*-C grades including English and maths, and achieved a value added score of 1020.9 and an average point score per student (best eight) of 427.1.

The average point score per pupil was the highest score of any Lincolnshire school.

Headmaster Roger Hale said: “We are absolutely delighted by this further confirmation of our excellence as an institution.

“Students, teachers and parents all combine to get the best results possible. Well done to everyone involved.”

Across Lincolnshire, results for 16-year-olds at GCSE show the five A*-C including English and maths pass rate was 62.2 per cent – a rise of three per cent on the previous year, putting the county four per cent above the national average.

Out of 152 local authorities, Lincolnshire is now ranked 32nd, a rise of two places from 2010 and placing the county in the top 25 per cent of all authorities.

Alongside Caistor Grammar, two other schools also achieved an outstanding 100 per cent pass rate – the King’s School in Grantham and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle.

In addition, the proportion of pupils making the expected progress or better in English and maths across the county remains higher than the national average.

At post-16, 92.1 per cent of Lincolnshire students achieved two or more A-level passes which, once more, is above the percentage nationally.

Students also continue to achieve more points per subject than the national average, improving again on the 2010 performance.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “Once more Lincolnshire students have achieved some fantastic results, whether in schools, academies or colleges.

“It is pleasing to see results continue to improve year after year.

“These are difficult times for young people but their achievements and qualifications should help towards securing jobs and other opportunities.

“Together with their parents, carers and teachers, they all deserve recognition for an outstanding year of success for Lincolnshire.”