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Hereford school falls below government GCSE standards
7:00am Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
A HEREFORD school has fallen below the standard expected by the Government for its GCSE results.
Aylestone Business and Enterprise College fell short of the national target requiring 40 per cent of pupils to gain five or more A* to C GCSE passes including English and maths.
This category is now considered to be the benchmark by which schools are judged against each other and this year Aylestone recorded a 35 per cent result, according to figures released by the Department for Education.
This was a drop of 23 percentage points from 2011.
According to national figures this puts Aylestone as one of 195 secondary schools in England that did not reach the 40 per cent target. These schools face being closed and converted into academies.
The school, based in Broadlands Lane, did not respond to calls from the Hereford Times this week.
Department for Education spokesman Gina Malatesta said: “We want to help underperforming schools to improve.
“We cannot just stand by if a school is failing children – we need to step in and make changes quickly.”