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C of E schools top lists

02 February 2012

by Margaret Holness Education Correspondent

THIRTEEN Church of England schools were among the most successful ten per cent of schools at GCSE in 2011, tables published by the Department for Education (DfE) last week suggest.

The schools were St Saviour’s and St Olave’s, Orpington, and Wilson’s, Surrey, both grammar schools, and 11 comprehensives: Archbishop Temple, Preston; All Saints’, Stockton; Bishop Luffa, Chichester; Bishop Rawstorne Language College, Ley­land; Canon Slade, Bolton; Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster; Lady Mar­garet, Fulham; Ripley St Thomas Academy, Lancaster; St Aidan’s, Harro­gate; Twyford, Ealing; and William Farr, Lincoln.

At each school, 85 per cent or above GCSE candidates achieved five or more passes at A-C including English and maths, the benchmark by which the DfE lists the scores of the 6780 independent and main­tained schools in England which enter students for GCSE.

A table compiled by the BBC shows that a further 11 C of E academies and comprehensives, two of which have since closed, were among the 200 lowest-scoring, with St Aldhelm’s Academy, Poole, the Bishop of Rochester Academy, Ken,t and St Peter’s, Chelmsford (now closed), among the five least success­ful.

St Aldhelm’s and Bishop Rochester are both former community schools that have recently become academies, with C of E sponsorship, as part of improvement strategies. The director of education for Rochester diocese, Alex Tear, said that, as lead sponsor of the Bishop of Rochester Academy, the diocese had acted swiftly to improve its performance.

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