League tables: how your school performed
Secondary schools in Ashford have had mixed fortunes in league tables published by the Department for Education.
The tables now measure performance on different criteria and no longer base assessment on the percentage of pupils passing five or more GCSEs including maths and English.
Classroom standards are measured against new indicators called Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which are considered a better indicator of the performance of pupils of all abilities.
According to the results, 14 secondary schools in the county were rated as performing “well above average”, with all but three of these being selective grammar schools. The top 14 Kent schools were: Tonbridge Grammar School Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells Dartford Grammar School Highworth Grammar School, Ashford Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone Dartford Grammar The Folkestone School for Girls Maidstone Grammar School for Girls Meopham School, Gravesend
Barton Court Grammar, Canterbury, The Judd School, Tonbridge The Weald of Kent Girls Grammar, Tonbridge St Simon Stock, Maidstone. At the other end of the scale, seven secondary schools were rated as “well below” average on Progress 8 but these included six special schools, who would not be expected to do as well as secondary schools.
Schools ranked in this way fall short of what the government expects in terms of stand- ards and could see intervention from Ofsted. They are: Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts), Dover Pent Valley Technology College, Folkestone The Holmesdale School Aylesford School – Sports College The Royal Harbour Academy, Thanet Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury Hartsdown Academy, Thanet Kent as a whole was just below the national average on Progress 8 with a score of minus 0.11 compared to minus 0.03.
On the number of pupils passing five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C – which has been now replaced by a numerical measure of 4 to 9 – including maths and English, the Kent average was 41.8%, marginally below the national average of 42.2%.
On the measure of Attainment 8, Kent scored an average of 46 which is in line with the national average.