WHILE the overall situation in Peterborough was one of could do better, for some schools there was a marked improvement in GCSE results last year.
WHILE the overall situation in Peterborough was one of could do better, for some schools there was a marked improvement in GCSE results last year.Leading the way was St John Fisher Catholic High School which has bounced back after a dire 2008 when it was placed in special measures by Ofsted, which found its standards were "exceptionally low".
While only 18 per cent of its pupils passed five GCSEs, including English and maths, at A* to C grades in 2008 - this had leapt up to 31 per cent in 2009.
Peterborough City Council's assistant director of learning and skills Mel Collins said she was delighted with the progress achieved by the school's new headteacher Sean Hayes.
She said: "I want to pay tribute to the schools that have done well this year especially to St John Fisher, whose results are a testament to the hard work of the teaching staff."
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Arthur Mellows Village College saw a rise from 50 per cent to 63 per cent of its pupils achieving five GCSEs, including English and maths, at A* to C grades while there was also a small rise in Stanground College's results which increased from 34 per cent to 36 per cent.
Thomas Deacon Academy saw an eight per cent increase in its results.
Despite an increase by six per cent to 21 per cent of pupils achieving five GCSEs, including English and maths, at A* to C grades, Bushfield Community College - which has now become the Ormiston Bushfield Academy - was placed in a list of the 200 worst performing schools in the country.
The school is currently in dispute with the Department of Children, Schools and Families about the results and its position so this may yet be subject to change.
The Voyager School was also placed on the list, despite its results remaining static at 23 per cent.
Hampton College posted their first-ever results this year with 59 per cent of pupils achieving five grades at C or above - enough to place it in 4th place in Peterborough behind Arthur Mellows, Peterborough High School and The King's School.
However, despite topping the Peterborough league at 85 per cent, the King's School saw a 10 per cent drop in its results while Peterborough High School also had a large drop, falling from 97 per cent to 81 per cent.
Jack Hunt School also saw a small fall, from 48 per cent to 44 per cent, Orton Longueville saw a slight drop from 37 per cent to 33 per cent while Ken Stimpson saw results drop by one per cent to 42 per cent.
Mrs Collins added: "These are the city's best-ever results and we must not forget that.
"This time next year I am sure that I will be talking about another rise in results across the city by at least four per cent."