Pioneering school's partnership celebrates star performances

Pioneering school's partnership celebrates star performances

21st August 2014


TWO North Yorkshire schools celebrated their GCSE results after a pioneering partnership helped produce star performances.

Pupils at Northallerton College and Risedale Sports and Community College, who form part of the Northallerton and Catterick Federation, saw their hard work rewarded with a dramatic improvement in the numbers of students gaining the highest exam grades.

Academic achievers at Northallerton College accumulated an impressive 184 A*-A GCSEs with 23 students gaining eight or more of the top grades

The college also saw a large increase in the proportion of students achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBACC) qualifications.

Risedale Sports and Community College saw an increase of 11 per cent of students who achieved five or more GCSEs A* to C with 59 per cent gaining A*-C in English and 65 per cent in maths.

Risedale’s performance is all the more impressive given the highly mobile nature of its student population.

Based at Hipswell, Catterick Garrison, 40 per cent of the students are from Armed Forces families and 25 per cent arrive or leave some time during their schooldays.

Associate principal at Risedale Sports and Community College John Kelly said: “Risedale is continuing its journey of improvement and these results reflect strong progress for this year group.

“The value added that these students have gained throughout their secondary education is particularly good.

“Our students showed a real determination to succeed and we wish all of our 2014 leavers every success for the future.”

The Federation’s executive principal Mick Hill added: “The results in both colleges in the federation are encouraging.

“We are particularly pleased that the great majority of students have achieved the results they deserve which will prepare them for future studies.”

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