Mixed results for Dacorum schools in league tables

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There has been mixed news for secondary schools in Dacorum following the release of league tables by the Department for Education.

In Hemel Hempstead, it was a particularly good 2014 for the independent girls school Abbot’s Hill where 94% of pupils achieved five A* to C GCSEs, including in Maths and English, up 2% on the previous year.

Abbot’s Hill had the joint second highest pass rate in the county, with Dame Alice Owen’s school, an academy in Potters Bar, top with 96%.

The results for other schools in Hemel were as follows:

Hemel Hempstead School - 63% (down 8% from last year)

Longdean School - 53% (up 6%)

The Astley Cooper School - 32% (down 12%)

Cavendish School - 43% (down 4%)

John F Kennedy Catholic School - 62% (down 4%)

Adeyfield School - 42% (up 2%)

In Berkhamsted, Ashlyns School had a 67% success rate (up 2%) while Egerton-Rothesay School managed just 13% (down 11%).

There was no data available for Berkhamsted School.

In Tring, Tring School had a 76% success rate, while there was no data available for Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

In Hertfordshire, the county’s results were the best in the East of England with 73.2% of pupils achieving five or more GCSE’s graded A* - C.

Herts also tops the region with 66.4 % of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs graded A* - C including the core subjects of Maths and English compared to a national average of 53.4%.

This level of achievement is reflected by national school inspectors Ofsted, who have rated 82% of Herts schools as good or outstanding.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “We are immensely proud of the achievements of our young people and the teachers who have helped them achieve success in their recent exams.

“It really is a credit to everyone involved in education in Hertfordshire that our schools continue to be among the best in the country.

“Young people can be proud of their achievement which puts them in a great position for their next level of education and training.

“It is vital that we look to build on this success in years to come as we develop the right skills to support our economy.”