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Uttoxeter school’s delight at best ever league finish

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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A UTTOXETER school said it was a ‘significant achievement’ as it finished in the top 10 in Staffordshire in new league tables covering the last academic year.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School was placed ninth out of 55 state schools in Staffordshire in the tables – 13th overall when private institutions are factored in.

The key measure for the league tables is the percentage of students who achieve five or more higher grade GCSE’s (A*–C) including English and Maths.

In 2012, 68 per cent of all students at Thomas Alleyne’s achieved this measure which was a record for the school.

Head teacher Suzanne O’Farrell told the Advertiser: “This is a significant achievement for students and staff at the school – we are a truly comprehensive and inclusive school offering a traditional curriculum of robust and well-respected GCSE qualifications.

“All our students study 10 or 11 GCSE’s and we are committed to offering a rigorous curriculum which will equip students at 16 for whichever path they want to take.

“To be one of the highest performing state schools in Staffordshire is a great achievement for students and staff.”

The high school performed equally well at A level in the league tables which compare the average point score per examination sat by students.

The school achieved 212.3 which places it 7th out of all the state schools with sixth forms in Staffordshire (50 in total).

The tables also revealed that 79 per cent of students at Thomas Alleyne’s made at least the expected progress in maths against a county average of 66.5 per cent and 82 per cent of students made at least the expected progress in English against a county average of 67.8 per cent.

The JCB Academy put down a seemingly disappointing placing of 33rd in the county league table with 58 per cent of pupils achieving five good GCSE’s, down to a change in ‘English GCSE specifications’.

JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade said: “The change in English GCSE specifications last summer had a significant impact on student outcomes.

“This has limited the five or more A* to C grades which include English and maths to 58 per cent in the first year.

“It’s important to remember that 99 per cent of all students at the JCB Academy achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE last year and went on to continue their education, took up a job or went on to gain additional training.”

The Academy did perform well in terms of its ‘value added’ score – a statistical measure of how well pupils are helped to progress.

JCB Academy’s score of 1013.8 was sixth in Staffordshire and well above the national average.

Meanwhile, Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle scored the best in the county with its figure of 1048.6. It was also fourth in terms of pupils with five good GCSE’s at 82 per cent and fifth with its A Level point score.

Denstone College was fourth in the A Level table and fifth in the GCSE table, while Abbots Bromley School For Girls managed just 50 per cent of its pupils getting five good GCSE grades but fared better in the A Level tables.

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