Its results are now better than the national average: 40% of pupils achieved grade 5 or above in the new GCSE exams in English and maths, compared with 39.6%. “For example, if the children were predicted 10 Bs [at GCSE], they would get 10 Cs,” said Dave Thomson. schools to teach only the core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics, almost abandoning art, music, foreign languages. GCSE maths takeaway exam…