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Schools in England are now being measured according to how many pupils achieve grades A* to C in five core subjects - maths, English, science, a foreign language and either history or geography - known as the English Baccalaureate (English bac).

This is in addition to the traditional benchmark of the proportion of pupils gaining grades A* to C passes in maths and English GCSE and three other unspecified subjects.

Trinity Academy in Church Balk, Thorne, along with Auckley-based Hayfield and the private Hill House in Finningley were the only schools who managed to surpass the national average of 15.6 per cent of pupils in secondary schools achieving the English bac.

An impressive 17 per cent of pupils at Trinity achieved the (English bac) whilst 63 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to Cs including English and maths and 94 per cent obtained five A* to C grades excluding the two key subjects.

Ian Brew, principal of Trinity Academy, said: “The Bac league tables are a useful measure of subjects – English, mathematics, science, languages and humanities – which should be the heart of what schools do, and do well.

“It has always been our philosophy at Trinity to focus on a rigorous, academic curriculum.

“Some of these courses may be more of a challenge to some students, however we aim to ensure that everyone achieves as well as they can since we know these are the subjects that employers and those in further and higher education are looking for.”

“We also attach great importance to our value added score, which demonstrates the positive difference Trinity is making to our cohort of students. On this measure we are again one of the best in the Doncaster area.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove introduced the measure last year to address the decline in pupils taking core subjects like sciences and languages and it was included for the first time in annual achievement tables.

In terms of A Level performance Trinity achieved an average point score of 631 compared with the national average 744.8.

Staff and students at Hatfield Visual Arts College were also celebrating with an average A level point score of the 507, which was extra special given the fact the sixth form was previously threatened with closure.

The college also had 84 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades and 39 per cent including English and maths.

All secondary schools in Doncaster met the 30 per cent target of pupils achieving five good GCSEs, including English and maths.

However, in a White Paper published last year and due to take effect next year, the coalition raised the threshold for schools from 30 per cent to 35 per cent of pupils achieving five good GCSEs including English and maths and this will come into affect next summer.

Schools which fall short, and also fail to achieve above-average progress in English and maths, will be considered under-performing and could face closure or being taken over, according to Education secretary Michael Gove.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for the children and young people’s service, Councillor Andrea Milner, said: “Importantly, this year’s GCSE results now signify for the first time ever that no school in Doncaster is below the Government threshold and demonstrates our results are now are in-line with national figures.

“I’d like to commend all of our schools, pupils and support staff on their hard work and we will continue to support both our secondary and sixth form schools in order to further improve best practice and performance next year.”

Mr Gove said it was the most detail parents and the public have ever had about how children were performing.

He added: “Children, parents and schools should be proud of their results which have been achieved through their hard work. But as the international evidence shows us, England still lags behind other nations.”