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Worst school marks 'unacceptable'
Neil McAree
Headteacher Neil McAree said he expected results to improve
The head of a Medway school which got the worst GCSE results in England in the latest league tables has said he is disappointed in its performance.

"I'm not going to mask the fact that we have got to be accountable for this," said Neil McAree, of Temple School.

Only 2% of pupils at the school in Strood, Kent, got five passes at grade C or above including English and maths.

"The score is not acceptable and we are working hard to improve it," Medway Council spokesman Simon Trotter said.

Selective system

He said that the results at Temple School, a boys' only secondary modern, had to be put in the context of Medway's selective system.

"In Medway, 25% of our children go to grammar schools.

"Also, in the group who took GCSEs at Temple last year a quarter had significant educational needs."

Mr McAree said he expected better GCSE results this summer.

"When you look at our current year 11, some have already passed GCSEs which they took early, particularly in maths and Information Technology.

"We have also been able to introduce a range of vocational courses which will help the boys to do better."

But he said he did not want to denigrate the achievements of last year's students.

"Three quarters of them missed out on getting five A*-Cs by one grade - they came ever so close," he said.




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