Thursday, January 11, 2007

Secondary Schools in Thanet League Tables

More than 300,000 secondary school pupils failed to reach the Government’s target of five good GCSE passes in subjects including English and maths, league tables released yesterday show.

With the school league tables now out, the link below shows schools in this area ranked on the proportion of pupils achieving the Level 2 threshold - equivalent to five GCSEs at grade C or above - including English and maths GCSEs.

Ties are broken on the average points score per student. Smaller schools with fewer than 30 pupils taking the exams are not ranked.

The Marlowe Academy, Hereson, Hartsdown Technology College and King Ethelbert are in the last fourteen, Further up towards the middle ranking you'll see Charles Dickens and Saint Georges, and then going further on and up you'll find the Ursuline College, St Lawrence College Clarendon and Chatham House with Dane Court up towards the top 20 of the table.

Education League Tables Secondary schools in Kent:


Pedagogue said...

The 'new' approach by including maths and english in the 5 A-C grades was to counter the farce of BTEC and GNVQs being counted as 4 GCSEs. Many schools opting for such courses to boost their position in the league tables, certainly provided a picture of huge improvement, until today!
The picture in Thanet is quite interesting when English & Maths has been required:

Dane Court (97%), Chatham House(95%) anf Clarendon (93%) are what we would expect from our selective schools. In descending order we then have Ursuline College (36%), Ellington Girls (30%),
Charles Dickens (28%), St Georges (20%), Hereson Boys (18%), Hartsdown (16%), King Ethelberts (15%) and then Marlowe Academy (5%). A reader in August, when Marlowe trumpeted its 29% 5 A-Cs drew to our attention that results for 2006 would be ranked by including English and Maths and now we see a clearer picture. We should expect Ursuline to be leading our non-selective schools as it is Thanet's only Comprehensive and is taking all abilities. Hartsdown's figures would appear to be very disappointing and begs the question that 'improvement' under Mr Lippit (ex Conyngham, Ramsgate School head) was largely illusory.

The school that is a quiet gem in Thanet is Ellington Girls; it quite clearly is doing a wonderful job for its pupils who come from the same catchment area as our £20 million Marlowe. Ellington has seen a declining roll as the glittering edifice with its costly resources at Marlowe has grabbed parents and pupils attention.
A post last week tells us Ellington is to cease to exist in 2008 and merge with Hereson Boys. Well,the Marlowe needs a 500% improvement to match Ellington's performance or will it be another Labour Govt fiasco where throwing money alone at a problem (NHS?) doesn't solve it?

Chris Wells said...

Can I just say how interesting I have found the above analysis. It has made me think carefully about the gaps between PR spin and real results on the ground. THank you Pedagogue!

Pedagogue said...

My pleasure, Cllr Wells!

The investment in Marlowe Academy will have been wasted unless in the next few years we see a sustained increase in its %age of 5 A-Cs with English and Maths included. Its unenviable position of being the 7th lowest in England in the 2006 league tables may make some parents re-think their options. If we do not see 30%+ by 2011 from Marlowe, it will just be yet another 'Blair Academy' where re-inforcing failure by a huge injection of funding has done no good.

Cllr David Green said...

Of course to complete the picture, we should also consider the other measure quoted, that of contextual added value.
On this measure, Marlowe and Ellington fare best at 9 and 10 best in Kent, Ursuline 18,most of Thanets other schools around 25th to 30th and Ethelberts at 36th out of around 70 Kent schools.
On this measure, Thanet's schools are some of the better schools in Kent, and Marlowe and Ellington the best of the bunch.

Anonymous said...

If any figures show Marlowe as the best of the bunch then I question the validity of those figures (or the theory behind them.

Let's face it Marlowe is down the bottom just like the Ramsgate School used to be, just because you change the name and have new buildings doesn't make any real difference.

Spin doctors at work.

No wonder I don't trust Labour politicians any more.

Pedagogue said...

Ah, Cllr Green, I wondered when some-one would raise CONTEXTUAL ADDED VALUE to the interpretation of the League Tables. I personally, am delighted with the PURE concept of Value Added; in other words 'How a pupil has progressed from KS2 to KS3 and then to GCSE(KS4)and improved as a result of the school's input. The dubious nature of Contextual Value Added ratings is the weighting given to area, the number of free school meals or the ethnicity etc etc. Contextual Value Added data is subjective to whatever criteria outside the school you wish to include!
If you compare Ellington Girls with Marlowe Academy we have similar 'Value Added Ratings' but one has 30% (Ellington) and the other 5%! The kids at Ellington come from the same 'deprived' areas of Thanet as the Marlowe youngsters so why the difference? Could Ellington without the £20 million facility actually be doing a better job of teaching its pupils? I am sorry to be so suspicious of the 'Contextual' aspect of value Added but it is a typical Blair Govt way of trying to hide the failure of too many of our schools to actually educate our children!

Anonymous said...

Cllr Green is obviously missing a point somewhere. Further education providers and employers do not ask a candidate how many CAV's they have, but how many GCSE's.

Contextual Added Value does just what the Government wants it to do, make some excuse for their destruction of our education service by trying to pull the wool over peoples eyes.