How schools rank on GCSE re­sults

West Kent among best per­form­ers in county

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS - By Tom Py­man tpy­man@thek­m­ @TomPy­manKM

Ton­bridge Gram­mar School is the best-per­form­ing in terms of GCSE re­sults in all of Kent, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment fig­ures.

West Kent schools dom­i­nated the top of the Depart­ment for Education’s list, which ranked schools in or­der of av­er­age At­tain­ment 8 score - a tool which mea­sures the achieve­ment of a pupil across eight dif­fer­ent sub­jects dur­ing the ex­ams which took place ear­lier this sum­mer.

The data puts Ton­bridge Gram­mar top of the pile with a score of 77.9 - sub­stan­tially ahead of The Judd School, also based in Ton­bridge, which is ranked sec­ond with 75.7.

How­ever, some crit­ics of the county’s se­lec­tive sys­tem say it is not an ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of best per­form­ing schools.

The top 31 spots are dom­i­nated by gram­mars, with the high­est non-se­lec­tive score com­ing from Tun­bridge Wells’ Bennett Memo­rial Dioce­san School, with 57.7.

The high­est Maid­stone-based non-se­lec­tive, mean­while, was The Maples­den Noakes School with a score of 40.6.

How­ever, there were lo­cal schools at the other end of the scale, too, with The Malling School ranked as the sixth-worst in the county for At­tain­ment 8, ex­clud­ing spe­cial schools, scor­ing 32.2.

Joanne Bart­ley, from the anti-gram­mar cam­paign, Kent Education Net­work, how­ever, felt the rank­ing was un­fair.

“Par­ents may think these mean some­thing but gram­mars are bound to get these higher scores be­cause they care­fully se­lect the pupils who will do well in ex­ams - they are not do­ing any magic in the class­rooms,” she said.

Rose­mary Joyce, head teacher at Ton­bridge Gram­mar School, said: “The teach­ing team prides it­self on en­sur­ing each stu­dent is ‘real world ready’.

“When we see stu­dents be­come in­de­pen­dent learn­ers who are cu­ri­ous, cre­ative and crit­i­cal thinkers and are driven to make a dif­fer­ence in the world, we feel a great sense of ac­com­plish­ment.”

Rose­mary Joyce is head of Ton­bridge Gram­mar School

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