PERFORMANCE league tables out today show Halesowen and Sandwell primary schools have general done better than high schools.

Government changes banning re-sits and some vocational Btechs from school tables has been blamed for the dip in last summer’s GCSEs.

Nationally, some 300 schools failed to get 40 per cent of pupils with five A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths, an increase from 154 in 2013.

But Cradley Heath’s Ormiston Forge High School bucked the trend with a four per cent increase to 48 per cent of pupils gaining five GCSEs including English and maths compared to 2013.

Halesowen’s Windsor High School came out tops with 69 per cent of pupils making the Government’s benchmark, down five cent.

The town’s Leasowes High School dropped nine per cent from 2013 hovering just above the Government’s 40 per cent floor target, at 42 per cent.

But primary schools generally saw an increase in the number of pupils achieving level four or above in reading, writing and maths at key stage two.

Halesowen’s Caslon Primary saw a huge 39 per cent increase on the 2013 figure with 85 per cent of children making the grade.

At Timbertree Primary, Cradley Heath, and St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary, Oldbury, 100 per cent of pupils achieved level four or above, with increases of 24 and 13 per cent respectively.

At Old Hill Primary, 90 per cent of pupils reached the level – an increase of 23 per cent and Halesowen’s Lapal and Lutley primaries both achieved 95 per cent at level four or above.