Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Secondary school league tables: Find out how Shropshire schools fared

Officials said that the introduction of new-grade GCSEs had skewed schools’ performance results Officials said that the introduction of new-grade GCSEs had skewed schools’ performance results David Jones PA
Becky Salazar | 27 January, 2018, 20:35

On the other hand, Amersham School's score put them in the "above average" category for progress, while Cressex Community School achieved the highest score in the Wycombe area for non-selective schools.

The DfE figures showed that a total of 365 schools across the country failed to meet the government's minimum standards.

Secondary schools outside Newark have continued to perform better than those in the town based on the amount of progress made by their pupils.

365 fell below the government's minimum standards a year ago; that is a rise of almost a third on 2016.

Grades will be measured on a 1-8 point score scale, rather than the current 16-58 scale.

Secondary schools are deemed below standard if pupils averagely score half a grade less across eight GCSEs than expected.

The news comes as new GCSE result statistics are revealed by the Department for Education.

However, she noted that she could "see the Government is trying to improve attainment in English and maths across the board".

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders said that the new grading system for English and maths has complicated the way in which school performance measures are calculated.

Last summer was the first year that pupils sat the new tougher exams in English and maths, but the students rose to the challenge.

North Bromsgrove and Rigby Hall Special School were graded "well below average" in the Progress 8 measure.

The best performing school in the city in terms of the progress 8 measure was Moseley Park in Bilston, which took top spot for the second year running. Our students and teachers rose to the challenge of the new and more demanding GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.

Judith Shafer, headteacher, said a "well below average" Progress 8 grading did not tell the full story.

Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.

Mike Furbank, head of education and schools, at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: "We are proud of the work done by young people throughout the East Riding, with the support of their carers and families".

Data published today also showed one in eight secondary schools are now underperforming in England.

The school's A-Level results were also its best to date.

Ministers were keen to flag up welcome progress on the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier classmates, which has narrowed by 3.2% since 2016.

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