TEN secondary schools in the county are above the national average in the latest school league tables.

The figures are released by the Department for Education (DfE) and show provisional results for how each school has performed at key stage 4 during the academic year 2017/18.

The key government figure is the Progress 8 figure which scores the difference in a pupil’s grade between the end of Key Stage 2 (aged 11) and the end of Key Stage 4 (aged 16).

This is compared to pupils across England who achieved similar results in up to eight subjects at the end of Key Stage 2 and is graded between -1 and one.

By doing this, schools can be ranked by how much pupils have progressed – not just based on their actual grades.

The national average Progress 8 figure is -0.02.

The following Herefordshire schools scored well above average, with the progress 8 measure in brackets: The Steiner Academy (1.42) and Fairfield High School (0.70).

John Kyrle High School scored above average (0.34).

The following schools were average: Wigmore School (0.26), Lady Hawkins' School (0.24), St Mary’s RC High School (0.21), Kingstone High School (0.20), Whitecross Hereford (0.06), Weobley High School (0.04) and John Masefield High School (0.03).

The following schools were below average: The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School (-0.19), Queen Elizabeth High School (-0.41) and Earl Mortimer College (-0.48).

The following were considered well below average: Aylestone School (-0.51) and The Hereford Academy (-0.91) .

If a school scores +1 and above, it shows that pupils made exceptionally good progress. If the score is below -0.5, the school may come under increased scrutiny and receive additional support.

The figures also revealed what percentage of pupils received grade 5 or above in English and maths. The national average is 43%.

The following figures show the percentage of pupils who achieved this at each school: Steiner (56%), Fairfield (61%), John Kyrle (50%), Wigmore (48%), Lady Hawkins (35%), St Mary's (55%), Kingstone (59%), Whitecross (31%) Weobley (47%) John Masefield (46%), Bishop's (45%), Queen Elizabeth (37%), Earl Mortimer (28%), Aylestone (35%), Hereford Academy (15%).