Head defends Mablethorpe’s Tennyson School after exam low

Tennyson High School in Seaholme Road, Mablethorpe.
Tennyson High School in Seaholme Road, Mablethorpe.

THE HEAD of Mablethorpe’s Tennyson High School has defended the school after it was ranked the lowest in Lincolnshire in new government league tables.

Figures released on Thursday showed only 25 per cent of pupils achieved five A*-C GCSE (or equivalent) grades including Maths and English, well below the county average of 62.2 per cent.

The result also put the school in the country’s lowest 200.

Mike Eyre said the fact that Tennyson was such a small school meant the impact of a handful of lower results gave an inaccurate figure, with each pupil counting for 1.7 per cent.

“Clearly we are very disappointed with the result being 25 per cent,” he told the Leader.

“This was due to only six individuals not achieving a C in their maths exam; had they done so then we would have had 36 per cent and been above our target.”

Mr Eyre said that progress was underway, with early indications of an ‘excellent’ set of results this year.

The school did achieve 80 per cent of pupils scoring five A*-Cs overall in last year’s exams.

“The league tables, once again, are a problem for small schools,” he continued.

“The issue of being a small school will not disappear for Tennyson and that is why we are currently in the process of becoming one organisation with Monks’ Dyke Technology College; together we aim to improve the outcomes and opportunities for all our students in the future.”

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