638 schools have been put at risk for failing to attain enough gcse passes in their students. But I would chose at least one of the schools on this list for my son because what the school actually provides is not only the chance of getting a gcse (or five!) but also of getting a very real chance of learning how to forge an independent adult life.
Getting five GCSE passes isn't going to suddenly stop knife crime, reduce recreational drug use, stop violence within the home, an 'ology' or five isn't some sticky plaster with which to patch up a fragmented, over-stretched society. But going to a school where you have the chance to learn to overcome whatever your circumstances may be, whether it be learning difficulties, behavioural issues or family circumstances, may well mean the difference between an idependent, self-reliant, happy adult and one who relies on state support and care for the rest of their lives. Please visit these schools, see the tremendous work they do in building a future for our children and stop kidding yourself that poverty and exam ability are somehow inextricably linked and the root of society's ills.