Scores just above na­tional av­er­age

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Francis

THERE were mixed re­sults for Kent sec­ondary schools in the latest set of league ta­bles for tests taken by 14year-olds in English, maths and science. The pub­li­ca­tion of the Key Stage 3 re­sults for 2006 show there was a slight im­prove­ment over­all in the av­er­age point score for schools in Kent, but a dip in the num­ber of pupils reach­ing the ex­pected stan­dard in English. Ac­cord­ing to the ta­bles, 72 per cent of pupils tak­ing the tests reached the ex­pected stan­dard of Level Five in English, a fall of three per cent on the pre­vi­ous year. In maths, 76 per cent of pupils reached Level Five, a rise of one per cent on 2005 and just short of the na­tional av­er­age of 77 per cent. In science, there was a one per cent rise in the num­ber of pupils achiev­ing the Level Five to 72 per cent, in line with the na­tional av­er­age. That gave Kent schools an av­er­age point score per pupil of 35.3 com­pared with the na­tional av­er­age of 35. The ta­bles have be­come ac­cepted as an in­di­ca­tor of how well pupils are likely to do when it comes to the GCSE ex­ams. The gap be­tween the county’s se­lec­tive gram­mar schools and non-se­lec­tive schools was marked. The county’s 33 gram­mar schools dom­i­nated the top of the ta­bles, record­ing both the high­est point scores and show­ing that they were bet­ter at adding value to pupils’ progress be­tween the age of 11 and 14. Twenty-nine sec­ondary schools, in­clud­ing some non-se­lec­tive ones, were among those ranked as some of the best in the county, based on val­ueadded scores. At the other end, nearly 30 schools failed to achieve a 50 per cent pass rate at Level Five in one or more of the core sub­jects while the value-added scores for six placed them among the 25 per cent of the coun­try’s poor­est per­form­ing. The Gov­ern­ment has set a tar­get for all schools to achieve a 50 per cent pass rate at Level Five in all three sub­jects by 2008.

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