Stamford Welland Academy is delighted to see themselves outperforming many other local schools in the final 2016 GCSE results, which were published today by the Department for Education.
This year, new measures Progress 8, Attainment 8 and the English Baccalaureate have replaced the former headline figure of the percentage of students gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and mathematics. This year promises to be a much fairer way of comparing schools’ GCSE results, where the ability mix of a year group is taken into account.
The Academy is delighted to report major successes across all their ability groups, when compared to other local schools, proving that they can cater for all children across a range of abilities.
The English Baccalaureate measure shows the percentage of students who receive an A*-C grade in the core academic subjects of maths, English, two sciences, history or geography and a language. This measure is useful for comparing how high ability students perform. 92% of our higher ability students, achieved the English Baccalaureate measure. This score outperformed all other local secondary schools*, including grammar schools and proves that we are stretching our higher ability students to be successful in more traditional, academic subjects.
Similarly, our lower ability students outperformed similar ability groups in other local schools, as demonstrated in the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures.
Progress 8 gives a score based on the progress of every student in 8 of their core subjects between their Year 6 SATS results and their GCSE results. Overall, Stamford Welland Academy achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.32 putting us in the ‘above average’ category compared to schools nationally. Our lower ability students scored an outstanding 0.71, outperforming similar ability groups in all other local schools*.
Attainment 8 gives a score based on the actual results of every student in 8 of their core subjects. Once again, our lower ability group outperformed other schools locally* with the highest Attainment 8 score of 40.4. This proves that we are supporting lower ability students to not only progress, but to attain far better grades than children of similar abilities at other local schools.
Anthony Partington, Principal, said, “It has been a really successful year for Stamford Welland Academy. Our small school, complete with an effective house system, means we are able to dedicate more attention to the individual student, helping them to progress and achieve their potential. After all the continual hard work and dedication by our teaching and support staff, it’s pleasing to see the results in black and white – that we are creating an excellent secondary school choice in Stamford for children of all abilities.
“Although our intake for September 2017 looks to be full, we are keen to maintain our small school ethos to ensure every child is known, valued and supported to achieve the best results they can.”
* For the purposes of comparison, we have used Bourne Grammar School, The King’s School in Peterborough, Casterton College and The Deepings School