Sutton Coldfield School Celebrate GCSE League Table Results

Students received numerical GCSE grades for the first time in August

Students received numerical GCSE grades for the first time in August

The figures, from the Department for Education, also showed that pupils speaking English as a second language had pulled ahead of native speakers in Attainment 8, the...

In the Black Country, Staffordshire and Wyre Forest, 11 secondaries failed to make the grade at across eight subjects - known as the "Attainment 8" measure.

It works by capturing a child's progress from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.

"Over the past five years there has been great progress in Staffordshire schools, with 89% of schools being rated "Good" or "Outstanding" in 2017 compared to just 65% in 2012 and this has pushed our exam results up to around the national average as these results reflect".

Schools fall below the government's performance threshold if pupils fail to make enough progress across eight subjects, with particular weight given to English and maths. The final three were other types of state school.

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The tables now measure performance on different criteria with classroom standards ranked against new indicators called Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which are considered a better assessment of the performance of pupils of all abilities.

There were some success stories, however.

The worst performing schools according to their Progress 8 score included the special school Round Oak in Warwick, which scored -1.57.

Wolgarston High School was the top school for progress in the area of the county covered by the Express & Star.

Progress 8 scores in Dorset range from "well below average" for the Wey valley school, Budmouth College and Portland's Atlantic Academy to "average" for Beaminster school and "above average" for the Thomas Hardyes school.

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It also saw 57 per cent of 164 pupils achieving grade 9-5 in both English and maths at GCSEs.

"Secondary schools will have good reason to feel hard done by this year, with the increase in the number judged to be failing stemming from DfE reform to GCSEs", said Philip Nye, an analyst with Education Datalab.

New league tables showing how much progress pupils have made at secondary schools across Banburyshire have been published today (Thursday January 25). Schools aim to be above -0.5.

Last summer was the first year that pupils sat the new tougher exams in English and maths, but the students rose to the challenge.

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications including mathematics and English, 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list.

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