Berwick Academy exam performance raised at council
The GCSE performance of Berwick Academy, where only 42 per cent of pupils attained a grade C or above, was raised at a Northumberland County Council meeting.
Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East, asked Coun Wayne Daley: “The portfolio holder for education and childrens services has recently made some very robust and welcome statements about refusing to accept poor standards in schools across Northumberland.
“Has he got any specific plans to tackle the particular challenges in Berwick?”
In reply, Coun Daley reaffirmed his commitment to improving educational standards in all schools across Northumberland including academies, even though they are not under the direct control of local authorities.
Coun Hill then asked what Coun Daley what he was going to do to acquaint himself with and address the ‘perform storm’ of factors effecting educational outcomes in Berwick.
Coun Daley said that he was in the process of sanctioning reports and was aware of the poor performance of Berwick Academy.
After the meeting, Coun Hill said: “I am glad that Wayne Daley has committed to help address the issues in Berwick.
“The situation at Berwick Academy is not one that can be tolerated any longer with generation after generation of Berwick’s young people being let down.”
Berwick Academy is aware of the council debate but has declined to comment at this stage.
Nationally, there was a decline in the number of top exam results following changes to GCSE courses and the introduction of a new grading structure.
Despite these changes, figures at Berwick Academy showed a doubling of the new grades 8 and 9 (traditional A* grades) to 3.3 per cent of all grades.
The proportion of 9 to 7 grades (A* to A grades) also increased to 12 per cent and grades 9 to 5 (A* to B grades) increased to 33 per cent.