Ofsted claimed today
that many secondary schools are letting down those pupils who arrive with a level 5 at KS2, now called the "more able". It noted that only a third go on to achieve A or A* grades at GCSE. The report makes good points about the need for high expectations and challenge in the curriculum.
However this "more able" grouping actually covers a wide range of ability. Ofsted's Raise Online reveals that 80% of pupils achieving 5a in Maths at age 11 go on to achieve an A or A* in Maths at GCSE. However only 26% of those arriving with a 5c make that achievement.
This is an important point in comparing achievement in selective and non-selective schools. Grammar schools, especially those in areas like Birmingham and London which take children from the top 2 or 3%, will tend to have more of their level 5 pupils at the 5a end. Even achieving in line with the national average they would therefore be expected to have students achieving nearer to 80%.
Which are the top 1% of schools for "talented pupils"?
The measures that Ofsted used, the % achieving A and A*, are not publicly available. The DfE data tables tell us what % in each school achieved 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths) and what % made the "expected levels of progress". Given that both the DfE and Ofsted define the "Expected level of progress" for a level 5 student as being a B at GCSE, this data is of little use in comparing achievement of schools wit "more able" students.Key question: If Ofsted believes that level 5 students should achieve an A or A* ( and I would agree, especially for level 5b and 5a), when is it going to change its school dashboard and its Raise Online reporting to reflect that fact? Currently it is entirely focused on those 3 expected levels.
Wanting to see which schools we can learn most from, I have used the measure of value added for level 5 students in each school, to produce the list below of the best achieving 30 schools, the top 1% in England. These are very highly achieving schools, whose results should be celebrated. It is a remarkably mixed group:
- * Of the 30 schools, seven are selective, 23 are comprehensive.
- * Exactly half are academies, and half are community schools. Given that most Outstanding schools have converted, this is a very high representation for non-academies.
- * The best performing local authority is Hackney, with three schools in the list
- * Many of the comprehensive schools have very high proportions of disadvantaged students, with four having levels above 60%. None of the selective schools do, the most being 6% of their school roll.
- * Jewish and Muslim schools are over-represented in the list, with four Jewish and three muslim schools.
- * Over a third, 12 in total, are single-sex girls schools.
The top 30 schools in England for Value Added for Level 5 Pupils
|School||Sel?|| ||% L5||% Disad||VA Hi|
|Tauheedul Islam Girls High School||COMP|| ||29%||29%||1071|
|Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School||COMP|| ||22%||2%||1058|
|The City Academy, Hackney||COMP|| ||18%||60%||1051|
|The Skinners' School||SEL|| ||96%||4%||1051|
|Hasmonean High School||COMP|| ||53%||9%||1051|
|Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet||SEL|| ||99%||6%||1050|
|Feversham College||COMP|| ||19%||48%||1050|
|Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School||SEL|| ||85%||3%||1049|
|Nonsuch High School for Girls||SEL|| ||96%||4%||1048|
|Bolton Muslim Girls School||COMP|| ||35%||25%||1048|
|Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form||COMP|| ||19%||60%||1047|
|Mossbourne Community Academy||COMP|| ||28%||48%||1047|
|Grays Convent High School||COMP|| ||22%||24%||1047|
|Beis Yaakov High School||COMP|| ||14%||7%||1045|
|De La Salle School and Language College||COMP|| ||14%||30%||1044|
|St Ursula's Convent School||COMP|| ||36%||27%||1044|
|Trinity School||COMP|| ||15%||27%||1044|
|Paddington Academy||COMP|| ||21%||68%||1044|
|The Tiffin Girls' School||SEL|| ||99%||4%||1042|
|St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking||COMP|| ||50%||5%||1042|
|Wallington County Grammar School||SEL|| ||95%||6%||1042|
|King David High School||COMP|| ||45%||13%||1042|
|Colchester Royal Grammar School||SEL|| ||99%||4%||1042|
|Ursuline High School Wimbledon||COMP|| ||38%||17%||1042|
|King Solomon Academy||COMP|| ||27%||67%||1041|
|St Mary's RC High School||COMP|| ||44%||8%||1041|
|St Andrew's Catholic School||COMP|| ||28%||11%||1041|
|Wallingford School||COMP|| ||34%||11%||1041|
|Wembley High Technology College||COMP|| ||31%||47%||1041|
Value added is based on a student's Best 8 GCSE results and is the closest figure currently available to the Progress8 measure that will become the standard in 2016. It is in 2014 a much stronger measure than in previous years, as it no longer includes so many GCSE equivalents.
One GCSE grade represents 6 pts, and 1000 is the national average for Best8 VA. A figure of 1048 (48 being 8 x 6), represents students achieving one grade higher than the national average in all 8 GCSEs.
Raise Online data is taken from table 5.3.3 in Raise Online, the % being that for those "achieving more than expected progress". Given that "expected progress" for a Level 5 student is (weirdly) a B, this means the % achieving A or A*.
Data is taken from the DfE performance tables data
, giving school-by-school figures.