Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Local School League Tables 2010

For readers with an interest in education, I've added a league table of Thanet's secondary schools from today's results on the BBC website. In today's Daily Mail, I also see the Marlowe academy receives a mention.

The last column reflects 'Points are allocated for A-levels, AS-levels and other Key Stage 5 qualifications, depending on the grade achieved. The score is the average number of points per pupil at the institution.'

The CVA column (A/AS) is a statistical measure of pupils' progress between leaving primary school and finishing Key Stage 4 (age 16), in comparison to other children from similar backgrounds. Higher numbers indicate better progress.

The really significant column is the English Bacc,(baccalaureate)  which has been mandated by the new Government and ranks schools by the proportion of pupils who pass GCSEs in the five specified subjects required at 16 for a broad academic vocation; i.e English, Maths etc rather than the 'softer' vocational subjects which have arguably skewed the league table results under the former Labour government. This is very unpopular with comprehensive headteachers and a glance at the tables probably explains why.

The full list of A-C, GCSE results in alphabetical order, where Dane Court and Clarendon House come out top and  that you will also find Michael Child 'Blogging' on are:

Charles Dickens Broadstairs 28%
Chatham House Ramsgate 94%
Clarendon House Ramsgate 97%
Dane Court Broadstairs 97%
Ellington and Hereson Ramsgate 32%
Hartsdown Tech College Margate 43%
King Ethelbert Birchington 34%
Marlowe Academy Ramsgate 14%
St George's Broadstairs 41%
St Lawrence College Ramsgate 75%
Ursuline College Westgate-on-Sea 57%

As an afterthought, I've included 2008's GCSE tables for comparison. You'll find these on this weblog under "tables" in the search box.

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%


Michael Child said...

Thanks for the plug Doc, but what do the statistics mean in terms of ailing or succeeding schools?

Andrew said...

Four quotes from The Republic which will indicate why every Government in this country has got education wrong since the end of WW2

Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each

And three harping back to the Governance consultation;

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one

Not an assault on you Simon but Book 8 of the Republic would make disturbing reading for most of TDC.

Bluenote said...

Ignoring Andrew's drivvel, which seems to have taken over from Retired, the real message is that you cannot achieve success in education by simply throwing money at it. The Marlowe, a multi million pound investment still fails. How much better it would have been to close The Ramsgate School and invest that money on the other schools in Thanet.

Andrew said...

Drivel - only one V.

Closing the Ramsgate School/Marlowe Academy; now that would be constructive. 1000 kids with no-where to go.

Anonymous said...

Andrew, if the money that was invested into the Marlowe Academy had been spent on the other Thanet secondary schools, the 1000 children could have been absorbed by them. As it is, two Ramsgate Schools, Hereson and Ellington had to merge because of falling intakes.

The problem with The Ramsgate School was not the building or the staff, but its catchment area and that has not changed. Hence the problem continues and on the GCSE results revealed, frankly the 1000 kids would be better off almost anywhere else.

Thanks for the spelling lesson. Do the same for you sometime.

Phil said...

The catchment area of the Marlowe is almost identical to Hartsdown and look at their results. If you add in that they have no new build and little money it makes their results even more miraculous.

Anonymous said...

Phil, whilst I agree with you about Hartsdown's achievement the school is not located smack on the Newington Estate, a place where postmen have been known to be pelted with urine filled condoms.

Disruptive elements destroy schools and it is better to split them up, divide and conquer and all that, than concentrate them.