TWENTY per cent of secondary schools in Bournemouth are under-performing, it’s been revealed.

According to new data released yesterday, 11.6 per cent of state-funded mainstream schools across the country– a total of 346 - fell below the Government’s minimum standards in 2018.

Schools fall below the Government’s performance threshold if pupils fail to make enough progress across eight subjects – with particular weight given to English and maths.

In a list ranking local authorities, Bournemouth – which has a total of 10 secondary schools – has two schools that are considered to be under-performing. While Poole, which has eight secondary schools, has none.

Out of Dorset’s 21 secondary schools, just one is under-performing.

Knowlsley in the north-west of England had the highest proportion of under-performing schools with five out of six failing to meet standards.

The figures also show the proportion of pupils achieving a grade 5 or above at GCSE in both English and maths has increased, from 42.6 per cent to 43.3 per cent.

The Department for Education data also revealed that 95.5 per cent of pupils are now entering EBacc science at GCSE, up from 63.2 per cent in 2010.

While the number of pupils taking maths and science at A Level has increased, including a rise of around 7% in the number of girls taking at least one of these subjects.