The official government league tables for 2016 were published this week and confirm what a strong set of results we achieved in the summer. In fact, on the key new headline measures being used by government to judge schools, we are the top performing school or college in Warrington for both GCSE and A Level.
This is especially pleasing given that the new measures focus on the progress students make rather than simply raw exam scores.
Our intake is well above average in terms of academic performance at primary level and so we should always do well in measures of raw attainment (such as the numbers of students getting 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths). However, the progress measures published today show that our students have made excellent progress even taking into account their high starting points.
Our progress score of 0.20 at A Level is especially strong and demonstrates that A Level students made tremendous progress compared to similar students in other providers nationally. The official data puts us in the top 16% of all A Level providers in the country – and a long way above any other nearby school or college. Similarly, at GCSE, our positive “Progress 8” score of 0.08 is the highest in Warrington and shows that our students have made more progress than would be expected nationally, taking into account their starting points.
We are confident results will continue to rise. At the same time, this is certainly a moment to step back and celebrate some excellent results and reflect on how far we have come over the last couple of years.
Congratulations to all involved!