Schools judged on the new ‘gold standard’

WORKING Students in an exam
WORKING Students in an exam

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A PLETHORA of league tables has exploded on to the web – but none more controversial than the new English Baccalaureate.

While parents will be interested to inspect the success rates of specific subjects in schools, they will doubtless look closely at the controversial award that could become the future ‘gold standard’ (currently five A* to Cs with English and maths).

The Ebac league table has courted huge controversy because it was introduced after GCSEs were taken last summer.

In our table, you can see the number of pupils who sat Ebac subjects English, maths, science, a humanities and a language, as well as those who passed it (achieving A* to C in all five).

At Admiral Lord Nelson school, for example, 126 out of 200 pupils (63 per cent) sat all the Ebac subjects and 48 (24 per cent) were successful.

Dame Sharon Hollows, of the Charter Academy, where no pupils qualified for the Ebac, said the new curriculum had boosted the Ebac subject departments and that their 2010 results represented pupils who chose GCSEs according to the old St Luke’s curriculum, where language was not an option.