According to the latest league tables, some secondary schools in Poole are amongst the top performing in the county.
Schools are now judged by the progress their pupils make rather than their achievements.
The indicator this year is called Progress 8 which monitors the progress in eight subjects between the end of primary school and GCSEs.
This year, Poole’s results are higher than Dorset and Bournemouth’s with a Progress 8 measure of 0.04. Bournemouth’s score is -0.01, and Dorset’s is -0.04.
However, some Bournemouth schools did perform very well bringing in scores well above the under achieving average score.
According to the BBC, 282 secondary schools in England are deemed to be ‘failing’. Any school that receives a Progress 8 score of -0.5 is considered to be under performing or failing.
Underperforming schools in Dorset include St Aldhelm’s Academy (Red), which has a Progress 8 measure of -0.51, Parkfield School (Orange), with a measure of -0.52 and Dorset Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (Grey) with a measure -0.88.
Bournemouth School for Girls placed 65th and Parkstone Grammar School placed 76th in the top 100 secondary schools by GCSE results in 2015. These two schools are the only Dorset schools to place in the top 100.
Carole Aspden, service director for children and young people’s services at Bournemouth council, said: “We are delighted that Bournemouth schools have performed well and the majority achieved a Progress 8 score above the national benchmark. Similarly, most of the Bournemouth schools continue to have good GCSE English and math passes (grades A*-C) above the national benchmark.”