WHITBY High is the sixth best school in the county when it comes to adding value to its pupils’ education, according to the latest Government league table.
Key Stage Three results for 14-year-olds show Whitby had the most improved test results in the borough for English, maths and science last year.
The school’s aggregate score for pupils gaining level 5 or more in the three subjects was 249, a big improvement on 2006 when it scored 227.
In English 84% of students attained level 5 or higher while maths and science results came in at 82% and 83% respectively – all above the national average.
Whitby headteacher Margaret Hughes paid tribute to her staff and pupils and put the improvement down to their hard work.
She said: “We’re really pleased, the results are excellent. We’ve done a lot of work in school over the last year and put a variety of strategies in place including Saturday classes and that has paid off.
“Now we want to see that improvement taken on into Key Stage Four.”
Ellesmere Port Catholic High school also saw a big improvement in its results, obtaining an aggregate score of 252 compared to 232 in 2006.
In English 89% of pupils gained level 5 or better, which was the highest in the borough, while maths and science results came in at 82% and 81% respectively.
The school was rated 35th in Cheshire for adding value to pupils’ education.
Headteacher Peter Lee said: “As with national measures of success at GCSE and A-level, the KS3 SATs scores are only part of the story.
“We are, of course, pleased to see results on an increasing trend and above Cheshire and national figures but they only reflect the good work in English, maths and science.
“I congratulate and thank my colleagues in these subjects. The equally outstanding work in the other dozen subjects of the National Curriculum is not measured and it would be encouraging to see that more widely celebrated.”
Neston High had the highest aggregate score in the borough with 257, better than the 238 it gained in 2006.
Pupils gaining level 5 or more was 83% in English, 87% in maths and 86% in science while the school was ranked 29th in the county for their value score.
Cheshire Oaks High was the third best in the borough and 31st in the county for adding value.
The school had an aggregate score of 152, four down on 2006, with 52% of students getting level 5 or higher in English, 54% in maths and 46% in science.
Headteacher Lynne Fox said: “We were pleased we met our targets this year but as always are seeking to build on this for the future and add even more value to students’ results, with high expectations for 2008.”
Ellesmere Port Specialist School of Performing Arts (EPSSPA) had a disappointing test performance with its aggregate score of 153 being much lower than in 2006 when they got 189.
It was ranked 39th in the county for its value score, with 50% of pupils getting level 5 or more in English, 55% in maths and 47% in science.
Cheshire County Council’s executive member for Children’s Services, Cllr David Rowlands said: “Once again our Key Stage Three pupils have done exceptionally well in the important subjects of English, maths and science.
“Around 8,000 pupils took part in the national assessments last year and I would like to offer them all my congratulations.”