Published: August 23, 2019 10:55 am

It’s been a fantastic year for both CARLETON HIGH SCHOOL and THE KING’S SCHOOL

GCSE Results day 2019 saw the best results for Carleton High School!

Pupils’ progress was above the national average for the first time ever and the improvement from last year showing that pupils achieved half a grade more in every subject – a substantial increase. Jo Cross, Head of School said “For the first time ever at the school, progress measures in all P8 buckets: English, Maths, EBacc and other subjects are above the national average, with Maths in particular improving by two thirds of a grade per pupil. All estimated Progress 8 measures for all subject categories for the school are above national average with significant improvement in Maths.”

Over one third of pupils achieved at least one grade 8 or 9 and overall an impressive 144 grade 8 or 9s were achieved. Of the entire year 11 pupils 66% achieved their combined English and Maths at grade 4 (the old A*-C) and 49% achieved the 5+ measure (equating to a strong C/low B) – both above the national average.

Deputy Head Boy, Kenton Reynolds (who joined Carleton from Badsworth C of E Primary School), achieved an outstanding eight grade 9s and one grade 8 – just missing out on straight grade 9s by ONE mark! And Matthew Hardwick (who joined Carleton from Ackworth Howard Primary School), achieved grade 9s in English and Maths and all three Sciences – a brilliant achievement.

Continued success at The King’s School in another set of excellent results

At The King’s School of the entire year 11 pupils 70% achieved their combined English and Maths at grade 4 (the old A*-C) and 43% achieved the 5+ measure (equating to a strong C/low B) – both above the national average.

Additionally, there was a 5% increase in the higher grades of 7-9 across the sciences from last year. Significant investment by the school in maths has seen a substantial rise in the progress of pupils and this subject, as well as all other subject categories, is performing well above the national average.  Dom Pinto, Acting Head of School said “We are immensely proud of all of our Year 11 pupils and their academic achievements in their GCSEs. These positive results will provide them with the excellent foundations for their continued studies and training. Their results reflect their hard work and that of the dedicated staff at The King’s School, who continually go above and beyond to support our pupils.”

Many pupils taking Art, Business, Citizenship, Drama, Music, PE, Engineering and DT achieved at least one grade above their own targets and national targets.

Head Girl, Jenny Parker, achieved an impressive haul of grade 9s, 8s and 7s and is now moving onto New College to study English Language, English Literature, Geography and French. Rio Young gained excellent GCSE grades including four grade 9s and three grade 8s. Rio is also going to New College to study Law, Psychology, Physics and Geography.

Julian Appleyard OBE, CEO of the Pontefract Academies Trust since March 2018 said “These are a set of outstanding results for our secondary schools in Pontefract – especially for Carleton High School who have seen a massive turnaround in performance and culture in the last 12 months. I am sure that pupils and parents eagerly await the forthcoming Ofsted report of the school due for September publication. The GCSE results are on the back of our record-breaking primary school SATs outcomes in July and they are testament to the hard work of our pupils, staff and the support of parents, trustees and local governing bodies.”

Pictured below are pupils from the schools celebrating their achievements.


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