The number of state secondary schools failing to meet the government standards of five good GCSEs has more than doubled over the past year.

330 schools failed to reach the expected standard of getting 40% of students gaining at least five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and maths, up from 154 schools 12 months ago.

The rise is due to toughened exams and ministers removing the results from re-sits and some vocational qualifications from the statistics.

King Edward VI Five Ways School academy in Birmingham topped the government’s 2013/2014 school league tables, with all of its 155 GCSE pupils earning at least five good GCSEs, and with an average points score of 685.5 per pupil.

Many top public schools, including Eton and Harrow, have also found themselves at the bottom of the school league tables as they continue to enter their pupils for unregulated versions of exams, such as IGCSEs.

The changes to how the league tables have been calculated has led to a number of state and public school heads to dismiss the tables as “nonsense”, as each school’s performance could not be compared to previous years.


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