School is per­form­ing bet­ter than ex­pected

New web­site gives par­ents ac­cess to key sta­tis­tics

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Par­ents can now ac­cess easy to read in­for­ma­tion about their child’s school as a re­vamped web­site re­veals Cathkin High School is out-per­form­ing other schools op­er­at­ing in a sim­i­lar en­vi­ron­ment.

Sta­tis­tics pub­lished on the up­dated Parentzone web­site re­veal that across all ar­eas of as­sess­ment, the school has sur­passed its vir­tual com­para­tor.

A tool used to ex­am­ine a school’s per­for­mance, the vir­tual com­para­tor sets out re­sults which a ‘vir­tual school’ with the same de­mo­graph­ics and level of de­pri­va­tion has pro­duced.

It takes into ac­count so­cial chal­lenges to ef­fec­tively level the play­ing field be­tween more af­flu­ent and poorer schools.

Parentzone shows that for the 2014/15 school year, 94 per cent of Cathkin’s school leavers went on to a pos­i­tive des­ti­na­tion, such as col­lege, univer­sity, work and ap­pren­tice­ships.

For its vir­tual com­para­tor, the re­sult was 91 per cent.

When look­ing at exam re­sults, 80 per cent of pupils achieved SCQF level four ( sim­i­lar to the for­mer stan­dard grade) or more in numer­acy and lit­er­acy; for the com­para­tor it was 77 per cent.

A fur­ther 52 per cent achieved SCQF level five (Higher) or more in numer­acy and lit­er­acy; for the com­para­tor it was 49 per cent.

The re­sults were dis­played along­side de­mo­graph­ics for Cathkin High School, which re­vealed 40 per cent of the school leavers in 2014/15 came from the most de­prived so­cial cat­e­gory recog­nised by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

With so­cial de­pri­va­tion graded one to five, with one be­ing the most de­prived, Parentzone re­vealed a large num­ber of young­sters at­tend­ing Cathkin live in poverty.

The de­mo­graph­ics were very sim­i­lar to stu­dents at­tend­ing Trin­ity High School.

At this school, 96 per cent of school leavers went on to a pos­i­tive des­ti­na­tion, above its vir­tual com­para­tor of 92 per cent.

How­ever Trin­ity’s exam re­sults fell marginally be­hind the com­para­tor.

Eighty-three per cent of pupils achieved SCQF level four or more in numer­acy and lit­er­acy; for the com­para­tor it was 85 per cent.

At SCQF level five or more 54 per cent of stu­dents ex­celled in numer­acy and lit­er­acy; for the com­para­tor it was 57 per cent.

At Stonelaw High School - which has much fewer young peo­ple from the most de­prived ar­eas - a much higher num­ber, 65 per cent, of stu­dents achieved SCQF level five or more in numer­acy and lit­er­acy. This is 11 per cent more than Trin­ity and 16 per cent more than Cathkin.

At level four all three schools achieved largely sim­i­lar re­sults - Stonelaw with 84 per cent, Trin­ity with 83 per cent and Cathkin with 80 per cent.

Stonelaw High’s com­para­tor how­ever ex­pected an 88 per cent pass rate at level four in numer­acy and lit­er­acy.

Jim Gil­hooly, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources, said: “The coun­cil was par­tic­u­larly pleased with the per­cent­age of school leavers in pos­i­tive des­ti­na­tions in 2014/ 15, which was at the high­est level recorded in the last five years and slightly above the na­tional level. Ev­ery young per­son who is not in a pos­i­tive des­ti­na­tion is known to staff and a range of sup­ports are avail­able to help them make the tran­si­tion into the world of work or fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.”

He added: “South La­nark­shire Coun­cil sup­ports the pre­sen­ta­tion of data on the Parentzone web­site. It presents data in a way that helps to give par­ents a view of how schools are re­spond­ing to and meet­ing key chal­lenges and sup­port­ing the needs of all learn­ers.

“How­ever, to fully un­der­stand how well a school is do­ing, it is im­por­tant to con­sider a range of dif­fer­ent in­for­ma­tion from var­i­ous sources and to re­flect on the spe­cific con­text of each school.

“The in­for­ma­tion pro­vided on Parentzone Scot­land adds to what is al­ready pro­vided by schools in their hand­books and web­sites, as well as through their reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tions with par­ents.”

Do­ing well Pupils at Cathkin High are out­per­form­ing other schools across the coun­try with sim­i­lar catch­ment ar­eas

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