Ma­har­ishi school’s top spot

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

MA­HAR­ISHI Free School has been named the top sec­ondary school in West Lan­cashire by the Real Schools Guide 2020.

The Lathom school was fol­lowed by St Bede’s Catholic High School in Orm­skirk in sec­ond, and Up Hol­land High School n third.

The Real Schools Guide 2020, com­piled by Ad­ver­tiser pub­lisher Reach’s data unit, aims to give a far more com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture than tra­di­tional league ta­bles.

It takes into ac­count 51 dif­fer­ent data points – in­clud­ing not just GCSE re­sults and At­tain­ment 8 scores but also fac­tors like Progress 8, pupil-teacher ra­tios and ab­sence rates.

Par­ents can also go on­line to browse the full data, com­pare dif­fer­ent schools, and find links to con­tact de­tails and re­cent Of­sted re­ports.

The guide, now in its eighth year, has been praised by min­is­ters and ed­u­ca­tion experts alike. For­mer schools min­is­ter David Laws called it “pub­lic ser­vice jour­nal­ism in the best tra­di­tion”.

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