Find out how your secondary school fared in the annual league tables

By Pete Madeley | Education | Published:

See how Black Country and Staffordshire secondary schools are performing compared to the nation as a whole.

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Pupils who speak English as a second language are outperforming native speakers at GCSE exams, according to official data.

It came as a growing number of secondary schools in England were labelled ‘underperforming’, with one in eight falling below the Government’s new minimum standard.

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that 365 mainstream secondary schools (12 per cent) fell below the floor standard last year, up from 282 (9.3 per cent) in 2016.

In the Black Country, Staffordshire and Wyre Forest, 11 secondaries failed to make the grade at across eight subjects – known as the ‘Attainment 8’ measure.

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Dudley’s secondary schools were second best in the Black Country and Staffordshire for pupil progress, official figures show.

The borough was 98th in the country out of 152 local authorities, with an average progress 8 score of -0.12.

Progress 8 shows how well a school is serving its pupils by looking at where these young people started and where they ended up.

Old Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge was the top performing school, with a sky high progress 8 measure of 0.77.


Dudley schools

Sandwell and Birmingham

Secondary schools in Sandwell continued to struggle, posting some of the worst GCSE results in the region.

The authority ranked 124th out of 152 in the country on the progress 8 measure, which calculates the progress children make between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school.

There were some success stories, however.

Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick maintained its position at the top of the pile in the borough, with a performance that moved the school into the top 12 per cent in the country for the progress 8 measure.

Sandwell schools
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Wolgarston High School was the top school for progress in the area of the county covered by the Express & Star.

The school in Penkridge was ranked second overall in Staffordshire, according to figures from the DfE, with a progress 8 score of 0.46.

It also saw 57 per cent of 164 pupils achieving grade 9-5 in both English and maths at GCSEs.

The new GCSE exams are rated from 9-1, with 9 being the highest possible mark.

Elsewhere in the county there was also success for pupils at The Friary School in Lichfield.

Staffordshire schools


Walsall dropped to the bottom of the pile for pupil progress in the latest school league tables.

The authority came 134th in the country, with an average progress 8 score of -0.25.

There were three schools in the borough that were deemed to be underperforming, falling below the minimum level required of -0.5.

They were Walsall Studio School (-1.39), where only 15 per cent of pupils achieved grade 9-5 in both English and maths; Brownhills School (-0.75); and Willenhall E-ACT Academy (-0.99) where 17 per cent got benchmark grades in maths and English at GCSE.

As with last year, Queen Mary’s Grammar School was the best in the borough with a healthy progress 8 score of 0.69 and 99 per cent of 95 pupils achieving grade 9-5 in both English and maths.

Walsall schools


Secondary schools in Wolverhampton were the best performing in the Black County and Staffordshire, ranking 83rd nationally.

The best performing school in the city in terms of the progress 8 measure was Moseley Park in Bilston, which took top spot for the second year running.

It posted a score of 1.07.

Wolverhampton Girls' High was best of the bunch for the attainment 8 measure, scoring 77.

Two city schools were deemed to be underperforming by the DfE - Wednesfield High and West Midlands Construction UTC.

They both failed to meet floor standards in progress across eight subjects.

Wolverhampton schools
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By Pete Madeley

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