Schools' mixed reports in new-look league tables

January 25 2018 9:00am The Times Schools fear new exam system will hurt their reputation Rosemary Bennett Education Editor

January 25 2018 9:00am The Times Schools fear new exam system will hurt their reputation Rosemary Bennett Education Editor

It came as a growing number of secondary schools in England were labelled "underperforming", with one in eight falling below the Government's new minimum standard.

The tables feature the results of the first pupils to sit new, tougher exams in English and maths.

The borough was 98th in the country out of 152 local authorities, with an average progress 8 score of -0.12.

But headteachers say the new criteria are not a true reflection of the schools' performances. English and Maths point scores are double-weighted as they are deemed most important.

She said: "The team and I are delighted with our significantly improving position in the national and, in turn, regional performance tables".

He added: "You have got to be a little bit careful on how you interpret the figures and the conclusions people draw from them".

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Many Banburyshire secondaries scored above the English state school average of 46.3, with Chipping Norton School getting the highest of 52.4.

The Attainment 8 figures were topped by Newport Girls School, Adams Grammar School, and Thomas Telford.

The national average is 44.6.

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"We are confident that all of our schools are working hard year on year to secure the best possible outcomes for their pupils".

"Every good grade represents a student unlocking their potential and increasing their chances of securing one of the many high-skilled jobs we have available in Staffordshire today and we are determined to continue to support and where appropriate challenge our schools as they continue on their improvement journey".

Reformed GCSEs are graded 1 (low) to 9 (high).

365 fell below the government's minimum standards a year ago; that is a rise of almost a third on 2016. A score below zero means pupils in that school made less progress.

A BRACKNELL secondary school has made it on to the list of the nation's worst.

On the percentage of pupils who achieved grade 5 or above in the 2017 reformed English and maths GCSEs, the Leeds average was 39.3 per cent, slightly below the national average of 42.6 per cent.

The Department for Education said the rise in under-performing schools is because of technical changes to the points system used by government statisticians to calculate a school's performance.

Mrs Parker-Randall said: "There were many individual successes, and some excellent achievements from students who had faced considerable challenges with the new GCSE reforms".

David Hood, head teacher, said: "Our students made exceptionally good progress in a number of subjects, including English and Maths".

Judith Shafer, headteacher, said a "well below average" Progress 8 grading did not tell the full story.

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