The BBC revealed today that if, like Brighton College, you find the present 'A' levels too easy and you opt for the International Baccalaureate (IB) instead, then no credit will be given in the latest school league tables and you'll show-up as a failing school, even though the IB is a much tougher exam. The Department of Education doesn't dare let itself be drawn into any comparison I suspect and so ignores it instead!
The secondary school league tables are out today and here's the link to Kent's results..
Pulling a few of the percentage results out - Grammar schools are 'SEL' - for pupils achieving five or more GCSE's including maths and english, we see that:
Chatham House Grammar School for Boys (SEL) 96%
Clarendon House Grammar School (SEL) 96%
Dane Court Grammar School (SEL) 96%
Ursuline College 48%
Ellington School for Girls 30%
The Charles Dickens School 29%
The Hereson School 20%
St George's Church of England Foundation School 18%
Hartsdown Technology College 16%
King Ethelbert School 11%
The Marlowe Academy 7%
You also need to take account of the "Contextual Added Value", explained here, being used by Ofsted inspectors. The way CVA is calculated is highly complex. It involves adjusting pupils' test results by taking account of such things as gender, ethnicity and poverty. It has also been accused of disadvantaging schools with previously high performance and The general secretary of the Association of School and College leaders, John Dunford, told BBC News it was the latest example of the way ministers "thrash around from year to year" as they were "desperately trying to find a way to make the tables more acceptable.