League ta­bles: how your school per­formed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Paul Fran­cis

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.

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