Published: August 23, 2019 11:03 am

GCSE Results day 2019 has seen pupils at Carleton High School record their best ever results. Pupils’ progress was above the national average for the first time and the improvement from last year showing that pupils achieved half a grade more in every subject – a substantial increase.

Jo Cross, Head of School said; “The key government measure known as “progress 8” measures the progress that pupils make from the end of primary school to the end of secondary. Last year the school figure was -0.36 and this year it is +0.10. This shift will be one of the biggest in the region and we are delighted for our hardworking pupils and staff.” For the first time ever at the school, progress measures in all P8 buckets: English, Maths, EBacc and other subjects are above the national average, with Maths in particular improving by two thirds of a grade per pupil.

Additionally, one third of pupils achieved at least one grade 8 or 9 (the top GCSE grades) and overall an impressive 144 grade 8 or 9s were achieved.

Deputy Head Boy, Kenton Reynolds (who joined Carleton from Badsworth C of E Primary School), achieved an outstanding eight grade 9s and one grade 8 – just missing out on straight grade 9s by one mark! Matthew Hardwick, previously at Ackworth Howard Primary School, achieved grade 9s in English and Maths and all three Sciences.

Of the entire year 11 pupils 66% achieved their combined English and Maths at grade 4 (the old A*-C) and 49% achieved the 5+ measure (equating to a strong C/low B) – both above the national average.

Carleton High School is one of two secondary schools and six primary schools within Pontefract Academies Trust celebrating GCSE and primary SATS outcomes this summer.

James Franklin-Smith, Director of Secondary Education at Pontefract Academies Trust said, “We are all delighted with the results this summer. The pupils and the staff at school have worked so hard throughout the year and put in so much effort that it is a real pleasure to see how their work has paid off. The results only serve to highlight the transformation of the school, and we look forward, as will parents and pupils, to the forthcoming school Ofsted report that will be published in September.”

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