PUPILS at Earlsheaton Technology College are celebrating the best GCSE results in their struggling school’s history.
The number of children obtaining five passes at A* to C including maths and English has shot up to 44 per cent.
It was 33 per cent last year and 29 per cent in 2011, figures which led to the school on Old Bank Road being branded ‘inadequate’.
The school was put in special measures, which it will exit on September 1 as an academy called Manor Croft.
New headteacher Hayley Clacy said: “Our own internal tracking showed we were making progress, but we needed the result to show it.
“The results are amazing and come against the background of our pupils being told they’re at an inadequate school.
“We told them they’re not inadequate and they should go out and prove it. We’re still not where we want to be but we've made a big leap.”
The headline figure of five passes at A* to C including maths and English fell nationally for the second year running.
Schools across North Kirklees, including Castle Hall Academy in Mirfield and Batley Grammar, bucked the trend.
One that saw a slight fall, 60 per cent against 61 per cent last year, was Batley Business and Enterprise College (BBEC).
But in a twist, all 100 Year 10 pupils entered and passed GCSE maths a year early, including 15-year-old Hussain Malek, who got an A*.
And the results do not count towards BBEC’s five passes at A* to C including maths and English figure as that is just for Year 11 students.
Star performers included Hassen Assad with eight A* and A grades and two Bs and Haaroon Gora with eight at A* to C.
Headteacher Ian Dutton said: “We've broken a few records. More pupils than ever, 70 per cent, passed maths this time.
“And the numbers that took GCSE maths early is both astonishing and shows how far the school has developed.”