Even better results than appear in the draft league tables at the Endowed!
Last week it was reported that 71% of Endowed students achieved A*-C in English AND Maths … but we have recently heard that another student has been upgraded in English so the true result which will appear in the verified league tables is 72% – remarkable! I have updated last weeks report below:
The National GCSE performance tables were released last week. There are four new criteria to compare schools in the tables, each judging a different aspect of a schools performance and I want to celebrate how successful Endowed students were in all four of the Governments measures for ranking schools, for it is this consistency that truly demonstrates how strong the performance is. It places BES amongst the highest performing state schools in the County. So what are the four measures and why am I so proud of the efforts of our staff and students who set new school records in all of them?
I listened to a BBC radio news report last week whose headline was:
‘Government focus on why schools in the West Midlands average only 60% of students achieving this key measure whilst schools in London average 66% achieving it?’
The great thing to note is that 72% of Endowed students achieved A*-C grades in English AND Maths … smashing the national average and the Shropshire average.
Why is this a key performance measure? The Government have focused on this key measure because of the importance of pass grades in English AND Maths for a students career aspirations. If they don’t achieve it at GCSE then they have to keep studying GCSE English and Maths until they pass them both during their post-16 studies therefore reducing the time and effort they can spend focusing on their post-16 education.
What are the other 3 new performance measures?
% of students achieving the EBACC – The Endowed was the best school in Shropshire for this important comparator with nearly double the national average of students achieving this measure. The Ebacc shows the strength of a schools curriculum because it records achievement across English, Maths, Science, a language and a humanity subject.
Progress 8 – the top schools in Shropshire are very close on this measure with only negligable difference between them. The Endowed is reported by the Star to be in fourth place in this measure. This is a very new measure and in the early days this will demonstrate how well schools play the game to fulfil the criteria.
Attainment 8 – a new measure that records the average attainment of students.
Overall the Endowed school is in the top 5 of Shropshire schools for three of the new measures and just outside this on the other. It is the consistent nature of the performance across the new measures that demonstrates the fantastic nature of the results achieved in the summer. Well done to students and staff who worked so hard and who continue to do so as we work towards the next set of results