A trio of Brighton and Hove schools have been named on a list of the worst schools in the country.
Portslade Community College, Falmer High School and Hove Park School all appear in the bottom 200 state schools, when ranked by the percentage of pupils passing at least five GCSEs, including English and maths, at grades A* to C, after the 2009 GCSE and A-level league tables were published yesterday.
Brighton and Hove’s GCSE results ranked it as 127th out of 152 local authorities, below cities such as Birmingham and Leeds, as well as boroughs of London including Haringey and Lewisham.
As well as being ranked 144th on the list of poor performers, Portslade was also named the 14th worst school in the table of value-added results, which show how well pupils have progressed between joining the school at 11 and taking their GCSEs.
Falmer High was named 155th in the table, despite the proportion of its pupils getting five GCSE passes, including English and maths, rising from 19% to 25%.
Acting headteacher Lauren Atallah said more than half of pupils had gained five passes at grades A* to C, although many had not passed both maths and English.
Hove Park School appeared at number 190 on the list.
West Sussex County Council was ranked 54th in the list of local authorities for its GCSE results and East Sussex County Council was ranked 72nd.