BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
    You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
 Thursday, 23 January, 2003, 13:15 GMT
Infamous school's results defended
Pupils at The Ridings School
The Ridings School is working to lose its failing tag
Education chiefs have defended the latest poor results from a school once called the worst in Britain.

The Ridings School, in Halifax, gained national infamy in 1996 when it was temporarily closed because staff said 60 of the students were unteachable.

Despite progress since then, led by headteacher Anna White, the latest league tables published on Thursday show the secondary school has some of the poorest results England.

But Bill Carpenter, cabinet member for education on Calderdale Council, insists the figures, while disappointing, do not reveal the full picture and gave a vote of confidence to staff and pupils.

BBC NEWS ONLINE'S SCHOOL TABLES
Results from 4,000 schools
A page for each school
GCSE/GNVQ results
New: Key Stage 3 test scores
New: "value added" measures

"It is a pity that the figures were from last summer when the pupils were the final entry from the most difficult period in the school's history," he said.

"It is quite clear from the achievements since that we can expect much better results next year."

The number of pupils gaining five GCSEs grade A-C last summer was 7%, placing the Ridings as the eighth worst in the country.

But Carol White, group director of schools and children's services, echoed Mr Carpenter's sentiments and said: "The authority fully supports the Ridings in its school improvement agenda.

"The cohort last year did face particular difficulties because of the turmoil that the school was in when the children started there in 1997.

"Those difficulties have now been completely overcome as confirmed by a very positive Ofsted inspection last year."

Staff at the school were unavailable for comment.


Click here to go to BBC Bradford Online
See also:

25 Nov 01 | England
08 Mar 01 | Education
05 Jun 98 | Education
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes