2014 School league tables: Bolton's best-performing schools revealed

PUPILS Hannah Feeley, aged 15, and Thomas McNicholas, aged 16, celebrate after helping Bolton School Boys and Girls divisions to the top two places in the newly-published secondary school performance tables.

Pupils at Kearsley Academy. Boys left and right, Joe Kinsella, aged 15 and Alfie McDermott, aged 16. Girls, from left, Emily Clarke aged 15, Daria Siokalo, aged 16 and Rhianne Morton, aged 15

Pupils at Bolton Muslim Girls School, from left, Sanah Anunshi, Iman Bakhit, Zanab Saddique, and Firdous Thorpe, all aged 12 and Aliyah Patel aged 13 with teacher Annette Patterson

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A THIRD of Bolton’s schools saw their GCSE results improve by as much as 20 per cent, figures out today show.

The performance of each school in last summer’s GCSE examinations has been officially revealed with the publication of the secondary school league tables.

Headline figures show six schools posted an increase in the numbers of children gaining the benchmark of five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and maths, with 12 recording a dip in results and no change compared to the previous year’s results in four schools.

But overall Bolton’s performance was above the national average, with 60.7 per cent of children achieving the standard compared to 59.2 per cent.

Bolton Council’s director of adult and children’s services, Margaret Asquith, said: “Bolton’s young people have once again done themselves proud.

“We have improved on last year and we are ahead of the national average, which is a real achievement for all involved. Over the last few years we have seen improvements and we are delighted to see that level of achievement continued this year.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to say well done again to all of our young people who collected their results last summer and wish them the very best for the future. The council is dedicated to working with all schools across the borough to support pupils in achieving the best possible outcomes.”

Top of the state schools was Bolton Muslim Girls’ School.

Results rose by 17 per cent to 86 per cent of girls achieving the standard expected. Acting headteacher Idrish Patel said: “I feel extremely pleased and privileged to lead a school of such a high calibre.

“Our success year on year is due to the hard work, dedication and support of our learners, staff, parents/carers, governors, Bolton Muslim Welfare Trustees, the local authority and the community.

“Had it not been for their support we wouldn’t have been in such a prestigious position.”

Yakub Patel, chairman of governors, added: “I would like to congratulate the learners, staff, parents and everyone associated with the school directly or indirectly for such fantastic results.”

The school which recorded the highest rise in results was Kearsley Academy, where they soared by 20 per cent to 51 per cent of children achieving the benchmark.

Nigel Jepson, headteacher, said: “The excellent results achieved by our students reflect the tremendous improvement in standards and achievement that has taken place over the three years since we opened.

“I am confident that even greater improvement will take place in the forthcoming years.

“The staff really care for the students in terms of the quality of teaching and learning that is provided and the students always respond with enormous enthusiasm.”

St James’ CE School in Farnworth, also recorded a huge rise in results. They went up 16 per cent to 77 per cent of children leaving with the expected grades.

The facts and figures

THE Department for Children Schools and Families today published the 2013 secondary school performance tables.

They cover GCSE and A-level examinations, together with their equivalents, taken by pupils last year, and are intended to provide a guide for parents, teachers and education officials as to how different schools perform.

Key to Key Stage 4 table:

A: Number of pupils at the end of key stage 4.
B: Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C or equivalents including A* to C in both English and maths.
C: Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C  GCSEs (excluding equivalents) including A* to C in both English and maths.
D: Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C or equivalents.
E: Percentage of boys achieving 5+ A* to C or equivalents including A* to C in both English and maths.
F: Percentage of girls achieving
5+ A* to C or equivalents including A* to C in both English and maths.
 

             
School A B C D E F
BOLTON            
Al Jamiah Al Islamiyyah 51 18% 18% 25% 18% NE
Bolton Muslim Girls School 92 86% 82% 100% NE 86%
Bolton St Catherine's Academy 126 37% 10% 92% 28% 49%
Bolton School Boys' Division 137 99% 96% 99% SUPP SUPP
Bolton School Girls' Division 115 96% 96% 100% NE 96%
Canon Slade CofE School 280 84% 84% 91% 75% 91%
Essa Academy 178 55% 40% 98% 48% 64%
Harper Green School 290 47% 39% 67% 42% 53%
Kearsley Academy 95 51% 40% 73% 51% 50%
Ladybridge High School 174 45% 45% 91% 40% 52%
Little Lever School 207 60% 52% 82% 56% 65%
Lord's Independent School 7 14% 14% 43% SUPP SUPP
Madrasatul Imam Muhammad Zakariya 23 61% 61% 70% NE 61%
Mount St Joseph: Business and Enterprise C 178 71% 49% 97% 64% 78%
Rivington and Blackrod High School 312 65% 58% 91% 58% 73%
St James's Church of England High School 201 77% 70% 85% 72% 81%
St Joseph's RC High School and Sports Coll 173 66% 66% 82% 56% 78%
Sharples School Science Specialist College 201 63% 53% 95% 62% 64%
Smithills School 281 49% 32% 90% 40% 59%
Thornleigh Salesian College 225 68% 56% 100% 64% 73%
Turton School 234 63% 62% 76% 58% 69%
Westhoughton High School 233 56% 46% 78% 59% 52%
Advanced Education - Booth 1 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Birtenshaw 3 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Firwood High School 15 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Lever Park School 9 0% 0% 0% 0% NE
Rumworth School 20 0% 0% 0% SUPP SUPP
Bolton average 3522 60.7% 52.0% 85.8% 53.9% 67.9%
BURY            
Broad Oak Sports College 110 50% 38% 85% 55% 46%
Bury Church of England High School 154 68% 67% 77% 59% 76%
Bury Grammar School Boys 68 97% 97% 99% 97% NE
Bury Grammar School Girls 89 100% 100% 100% NE 100%
Castlebrook High School 157 64% 61% 94% 63% 66%
Darul Uloom Al Arabiya Al Islamiya 34 50% 50% 79% 50% NE
The Derby High School 186 54% 50% 92% 54% 54%
The Elton High School Specialist Arts College 198 65% 61% 85% 63% 68%
Manchester Mesivta School 26 54% 46% 54% 54% NE
Parrenthorn High School 164 57% 56% 78% 52% 63%
Philips High School 162 66% 62% 88% 59% 72%
Prestwich Arts College 163 52% 46% 90% 39% 63%
Radcliffe Riverside School 50 56% 30% 88% 52% 60%
St Gabriel's RC High School 212 75% 71% 92% 71% 79%
St Monica's RC High School and Sixth Form 218 76% 70% 89% 72% 80%
Tottington High School 179 52% 52% 62% 51% 53%
Woodhey High School 198 68% 63% 78% 58% 77%
Elms Bank Specialist Arts College 25 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Horizon School 2 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Primrose Cottage 4 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Bury average 2199 62.3% 57.8% 83.3% 57.5% 67.2%
             
SALFORD            
The Albion Academy 166 38% 12% 83% 35% 42%
All Hallows RC Business and Enterprise Coll 121 69% 40% 98% 73% 66%
Beis Hatalmud School 15 0% 0% 0% 0% NE
Beis Ruchel Girls School 16 0% 0% 0% NE 0%
Beis Yaakov High School 51 75% 75% 78% NE 75%
Bnos Yisroel School Manchester 44 80% 80% 89% NE 80%
Bridgewater School 47 81% 77% 91% 75% 87%
Buile Hill Visual Arts College 135 59% 29% 93% 65% 53%
Harrop Fold School 117 57% 26% 93% 47% 70%
Irlam and Cadishead College 183 44% 32% 76% 41% 48%
Moorside High School 164 66% 54% 86% 70% 62%
Oasis Academy MediaCityUK 103 51% 24% 97% 63% 42%
OYY Lubavitch Girls' School 3 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School 147 76% 73% 95% 67% 87%
St George's RC High School 123 44% 41% 68% 39% 49%
St Patrick's RC High School and Arts College 176 73% 63% 99% 71% 74%
Salford City Academy 138 30% 25% 83% 30% 31%
The Swinton High School 180 58% 52% 99% 50% 66%
Walkden High School 243 60% 56% 83% 53% 68%
Wentworth High School 119 55% 29% 96% 49% 63%
Chatsworth High School and Community Coll 16 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
New Park High School 18 0% 0% 0% 0% NE
Oakwood Academy 39 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Salford average 2238 54.8% 41.0% 85.5% 50.5% 59.3%
             
WIGAN            
Abraham Guest Academy 202 43% 37% 91% 38% 49%
Atherton Community School            
Bedford High School 222 58% 45% 73% 57% 58%
The Byrchall High School 219 61% 51% 95% 54% 69%
Cansfield High Specialist Language College 196 53% 53% 87% 42% 66%
The Deanery Church of England High School 279 64% 64% 69% 49% 77%
Fred Longworth High School 255 70% 66% 92% 63% 76%
Golborne High School 152 61% 58% 65% 60% 62%
Hawkley Hall High School 191 74% 71% 93% 69% 78%
Hindley High School 181 52% 49% 71% 51% 53%
Lowton Church of England High School 183 52% 50% 59% 53% 51%
Rose Bridge High School 157 39% 27% 83% 31% 47%
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School 246 82% 80% 94% 77% 87%
St John Fisher Catholic High School 197 74% 74% 87% 69% 80%
St Mary's Catholic High School 258 72% 65% 84% 71% 73%
St Peter's Catholic High School Visual Arts C 184 83% 82% 97% 79% 88%
Shevington High School 181 61% 55% 74% 52% 70%
Standish Community High School 250 82% 80% 92% 82% 83%
Westleigh High School - A College of Techn 149 70% 60% 80% 64% 74%
Wigan UTC            
Hope School 14 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Landgate School, Bryn 4 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Newbridge Learning Community 13 0% 0% 0% 0% NE
Oakfield High School and College 29 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Wigan average 3763 63.8% 59.4% 81.7% 58.0% 69.5%
             
National average (all schools) 632677 59.2% 52.8% 81.8% 53.8% 64.8%
National average (maintained schools) 571335 60.6% 53.6% 82.9% 55.6% 65.7%

 

A-level & AS-level tables: general and vocational

Key:

A: Average point score per full time equivalent A level student

B: Average point score per A level entry

School A B
Bolton College NE NE
Bolton St Catherine's Academy 696.2 187.9
Bolton School Boys' Division 952.0 237.5
Bolton School Girls' Division 1035.9 248.9
Bolton Sixth Form College 712.2 196.1
Canon Slade CofE School 983.6 218.1
Kearsley Academy NE NE
Lord's Independent School SUPP SUPP
Madrasatul Imam Muhammad Zakariya SUPP SUPP
Rivington and Blackrod High School 682.6 193.6
Thornleigh Salesian College 713.7 196.2
Turton School 837.0 211.2
Westhoughton High School 648.7 192.7
Bolton average 783.0 203.6
     
Bury College 672.8 198.7
Bury Grammar School Boys 901.8 229.6
Bury Grammar School Girls 1023.6 239.6
Darul Uloom Al Arabiya Al Islamiya SUPP SUPP
Holy Cross College 932.5 207.3
St Monica's RC High School and Sixth Form Ce SUPP SUPP
Bury average 842.3 204.8
     
Bridgewater School 668.1 206.8
Irlam and Cadishead College 499.0 180.8
Salford City Academy 690.0 187.4
Salford City College 733.1 209.2
Salford average 729.0 208.5
     
Atherton Community School    
The Deanery Church of England High School a 646.7 173.2
St John Rigby RC Sixth Form College 711.7 202.8
St Mary's Catholic High School 864.2 205.0
Wigan and Leigh College 496.1 166.4
Wigan UTC    
Winstanley College 1006.6 221.7
Wigan average 891.6 213.6
National average (all schools) 796.5 215.6
National average (maintanied schools) 782.3 211.3

 

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