OLD Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge has topped the borough’s provisional school performance tables, published on Thursday (October 12).

In the newly assessed English and maths GCSE - grade nine to one - the Heath Lane school saw 80 per cent of pupils gaining the gold standard of grade five in both subjects.

This compares favourably with the national average of 66.1 per cent.

Redhill School in Stourbridge and Summerhill School in Kingswinford came second with 56 per cent and both The Earls High School, Halesowen, and The Wordsley School, Wordsley, achieved 47 per cent.

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Old Swinford were also the top achieving school in the borough when it came to the Progress 8 score - a well above average 0.74.

Progress 8 shows how much progress pupils at schools made between the end of key stage 2 (year 6) and the end of key stage 4 (year 11).

Halesowen schools Earls and Windsor High School were also above the national average for progression with scores of 0.24, while Redhill in Stourbridge scored 0.17.

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Progress 8 is based on results in up to eight qualifications, which include English, maths, sciences, computer science, history, geography, languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.

Paul Kilbride, headteacher at Old Swinford Hospital, said: “We're delighted with this year's GCSE results.  

"The grades are a result of much hard work and commitment from pupils and teachers alike.

"Particularly pleasing is this year's Progress 8 score of 0.76 which means that the quality of our teaching has helped pupils to progress three quarters of a grade beyond expectations - this has helped secure some superb results.  

"But beyond the scores, it's about our musicians, sportsmen, boarding prefects and young engineers who have kept their interests and enthusiasms up whilst coping with the challenges of the new GCSEs.”