Mill Hill tops table in school league

A Ripley school has been ranked near the top of a league table of Derbyshire secondary schools.

A total of 66 per cent of students at Mill Hill School, in Ripley, achieved five or more GCSE grades A* to C last year, including English and Maths.

This figure meant that the school ranked eleventh in a league table of Derbyshire secondary schools. Deputy head Carey Ayres said: “We are delighted with our recent results and the league tables demonstrate our continued improvement where it matters most, with improved outcomes for our students.”

In a table comparing the value added score of Derbyshire schools - a statistical measure designed to show how well a school has helped its students to progress since arriving from primary school - the school ranked sixth in the county with a score of 1,008.8. A score of 1,000 is the national average, so anything above that score is regarded as good.

Alfreton Grange Arts College saw 63 per cent of pupils achieve five or more GCSE grades and scored 994.1 on value added. Heanor Gate Science College saw 59 cent and scored 1004.6; Swanwick Hall School saw 56 and scored 974.2; Aldercar Community Language College saw 48 per cent and scored 995.1; Frederick Gent School saw 46 per cent and scored 1013.2; John Flamsteed Community School saw 40 per cent and scored 976.4.

Secondary schools are considered to be “underperforming” if fewer than 40 per cent of their pupils get five C grades or better at GCSE, and if fewer students are making two levels of progress between the ages of 11 and 16 than the national average.