League tables: Three secondary schools score ‘well below average’
PUBLISHED: 07:11 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 07:11 01 February 2018
Two secondary schools in Weston and one in Highbridge have been included in a list of ‘England’s worst schools’, following the publication of the league table results.
The government figures have revealed 365 schools are below the new standard, which judges schools by two measures – progress 8 and attainment 8.
Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College and the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), in Weston, and The King Alfred School in Highbridge were revealed among the ‘worst schools’ in the country by The Mirror newspaper.
The figures show how many schools have missed the government’s expected standard of 0.5 in progress in last summer’s GCSEs.
The NSETC scored -0.77, Broadoak scored -0.56 and The King Alfred School scored -0.79 – which are all classed as ‘well below average’.
One in eight secondary schools has been rated as under-performing in 2017, compared to just under one in 10 in 2016.
Figures include English and maths GCSE results awarded the new 9-1 grades while other subjects received traditional A*-G grades.
The Department for Education has blamed the rise on the complicated way performance measures are calculated.
Kathleen McGillycuddy, headteacher at Broadoak, said: “We’re working hard to improve the progress and results of pupils across the school.
“It’s a time of significant change for Broadoak with a new headteacher, chair of governors and leadership team and since last academic year extra resources are in place to track progress more closely, improve attendance and share more of the best teaching practice.”
The King Alfred School has been supported by The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT), since it was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in 2017. Executive principal of TPLT Neville Coles said: “This school will be the best in the region soon and we are relentless day in, day out, on standards, expectations and aspirations.
“We will succeed with community support. Somerset kids need great education and we need to raise aspirations – the mindset must be one of ‘can do’ and ‘will do’.”
The NSETC failed to provide a comment when contacted by the Mercury.