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Friday, 30 January 2015
The Girls’ Division has come top of the league table for Bolton, with 97% of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades in their GCSEs, including English and Maths. This was a 1% increase on last year. The girls also topped the local authority table based on the English Baccalaureate, with 89% of pupils achieving A* to C grades in English, Maths, sciences, a language and a humanities subject.
Headmistress Sue Hincks said, “I am delighted that the girls’ achievement has been recognised in this way, although in reality every girl achieves five A* to C grades here, including Maths and English; unfortunately, girls who take their Maths exam early are not counted in the percentage.”
This score put the Girls’ Division among just six schools in the local area whose performance has improved since last year.
The Girls’ Division was also one of the Top Ten schools in the Greater Manchester area, and was ranked in the top twenty schools in the North West with five or more A* to C grade GCSEs. With 89% of girls achieving the English Baccalaureate, the girls’ strong scores put the school seventh in the North West and in the top 40 across the whole country -see the national league table for EBacc results here.
Unfortunately the Boys’ Division, which came top of the Bolton league table last year with a near-perfect score of 99% of pupils achieving A* to C GCSE grades including English and Maths, was listed at the bottom of 2014’s table. This is due to the government’s decision not to include International GCSEs (IGCSEs) in the rankings, meaning that the boys' marks were not counted even though they scored equally well this year.
“The political push to recognise only certain qualifications, aimed at achieving international comparisons, seems odd when it leads to the exclusion of International GCSEs,” said Headmaster Philip Britton, commenting on the situation. “That is a shame as there is much to celebrate in the 2014 results for the young people both at Bolton School and across Bolton. We always choose the courses that best inspire the boys in each subject, whatever is the current league table fashion.”
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