Top marks for college in school league tables

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Derbyshire’s top schools are soaring past the national average - although others are lagging far behind, according to the latest figures from the Department of Education.

The average number of pupils who got five A* to C GCSE grades was 59.1 per cent in Derbyshire – just below the national average of 59.2.

The best performing school at key stage four in the area was Hope Valley College, with results ranking it the sixth best school in the county and the best in North Derbyshire. Out of 114 pupils eligible to sit GCSEs, 81 per cent achieved five A* to C grades – up from 57 per cent in 2012.

Principal Bernie Hunter said: “Our results are particularly pleasing as they reflect the commitment and hard work of students, staff and parents. 
“Our results in 2012 were in line with the county average, this year we have significantly exceeded this.”

Chapel-en-le-Frith High School saw 69 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades. St Thomas More School in Buxton followed closely behind with 67 per cent while 62 per cent of pupils at St Philip Howard Catholic School in Glossop achieved five A* to C grades. Buxton Community School’s figures were slightly down on 2012, from 60 per cent to 53 per cent.