Schools celebrate league table success
Ashford’s grammar schools excel in national tests for 14-year-olds
ASHFORD’S grammar schools are celebrating their results in the latest league tables for tests taken by 14-year-olds in English, maths and science.
The 2006 results for attainment at Key Stage Three, published this week, show Year 9 pupils at Highworth and Norton Knatchbull are the highest overall achievers among peers in the Ashford and Folkestone areas.
Highworth girls’ school scored an average of 43.7 points per pupil, compared to the national average of 35.
Ninety-nine per cent of pupils scored level six or above in maths, and 96 per cent got level six or above in English and science. Level Five is the expected national standard.
Highworth head Paul Danielsen said: “We have done really well and we are really pleased.
“It’s basically down to the quality of the teachers in school and the stu-
It’s basically down to the quality of the teachers and the hard work of the students
dents who are all very hardworking and very positive.”
At Norton Knatchbull, the average points per pupil was 42.1, with 99 per cent of pupils scoring level six or above in maths, 95 per cent in science, and a lower figure of 72 per cent reaching level six in English.
John Speller, head teacher at Norton Knatchbull, said: “From the school’s point of view, we are very pleased because clearly the students we get are pretty good when they start.
“And we have recorded a value added measure that would put us in the top 20 per cent of schools in the country.”
The value added score looks at how much each pupil has improved between the ages of 11 and 14.
Head teacher of The Towers Malcolm Ramsey said: “We are not complacent but we are reasonably pleased and progress has been made over the last three years.
“This year we are forecasting results will be even higher.
“It provides a good foundation for the GCSE results.”
Results show 66 per cent of pupils are now reaching the expected standard in maths, 58 per cent in English and 59 per cent in science.
He warned that there had been problems with Key Stage Three testing over the last three years, with exam papers previously being sent back for remarking which had led to big gains for students.
“But accuracy seems to be improving,” he added.
Highworth head Paul Danielsen