Forest schools - could do better

By Nigel Walrond   |   Sports Editor   |
Wednesday 21st October 2015 10:15 am
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BAD RESULTS: Three secondary schools in the Forest of Dean are among the bottom ten in Gloucestershire in terms of GCSE's according to provisional figures released by the Department for Education. Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Wire. ()

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THREE Forest secondaries are among the ten worst schools in the county in terms of GCSE results.

According to provisional exam results for 2015, released by The Department for Education, Forest High School, Lakers School and The Dean Academy are in the bottom ten in Gloucestershire.

Forest High School is third from bottom on the list with 28 per cent of their students achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and maths.

A spokesperson for Forest High School said: “We are obviously extremely disappointed by the School’s position in the performance tables which refer to the performance of English Literature and English Language combined. Students are expected to attain English Language and Mathematics with at least three other GCSEs at A*-C.

A place above the Cinderford high school is Lakers School with a 34 per cent pass rate.

Alison Elliot, headteacher at Lakers, said: “We have had a rough time.

“The fact that IGCSE and Edexcel moved the boundaries for the exams means it has been tough.

“We had a student who got all A’s and an A* but was too late to be counted.

“We’ve just got to get on with the job and keep positive.”

The Dean Academy, in Lydney, is ninth from bottom in the provisional ranking with a 45 per cent pass rate.

In contrast, Dene Magna are among the top fifteen schools in the county with 65 per cent pass rate at the Mitcheldean School.

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