Worthing school top in the county for exam performance

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A WORTHING secondary school has been ranked top in the county for its students’ exam performance by the Department for Education.

The independent school, Our Lady of Sion, in Gratwicke Road, came top overall in West Sussex for its students’ GCSE and AS/A-level performance in 2012.

The table for GCSE performance, released on January 24, technically includes 101 schools, though the bottom 51 schools either do not provide GCSEs or teach students with additional needs.

It rates schools by the percentage of students who achieved the benchmark five or more A* to C grades in maths and English.

Every student at Our Lady of Sion gained five A* to C GCSE grades in the 2012 examinations – up eight per cent from last year.

Following Our Lady of Sion in first place was the independent school Lancing College, in sixth place.

The rest of the schools in the Worthing and Lancing area, in order, were Durrington High School in 31st, Davison High School 34th, Sir Robert Woodard Academy 38th, St Andrew’s High School 40th, Worthing High School 41st and Chatsmore High School 47th.

For A-level performance Our Lady of Sion was also top, with Lancing College third, Worthing College 25th and Sir Robert Woodard Academy 36th, from the 37 schools that had A-level takers.

For a full report of the figures, read the Worthing Herald on Thursday, February 14.