Schools cel­e­brate league ta­ble suc­cess

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Clare Mul­grew

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.

Value added

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

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