The head of the worst school in the country for both truancy and overall education said his pupils had received "an extremely raw deal".
League tables showed New College Leicester was the worst secondary school in England for truancy, worst in the "value-added" league table, and fifth from bottom overall for GCSE results.
Only one in ten pupils taking GCSEs last year scored five grade Cs or better while the truancy rate was more than ten times the national average.
A number of West Midlands schools also featured among the worst 200 for truancy nationally.
Worst of them was The College High in Birmingham which had a truancy rate of 5.3 per cent of half days missed.
An on-going truancy problem at Kings Norton High, also in Birmingham, has resulted in it being placed on a Government hit-list of 146 schools.
These schools must identify their "serial truants" under the Government crackdown which could lead to the youngsters' parents being prosecuted.