League tables: mixed results for Dorset's schools

GOVERNMENT league tables have revealed how schools across Dorset and Hampshire compare for GCSE results.

Figures have been released judging schools on the percentage of students achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and maths.

While some schools have shown dramatic improvement, others have seen their figures fall by a considerable margin.

Many have blamed last-minute changes to grade boundaries which saw many students achieve lower than expected grades in their GCSE English exams.

Among the high-fliers were Winton Arts and Media College, which recorded one of the highest figures in the area, and Poole’s Carter Community and St Aldhelm’s Academy, where dramatic improvements have been revealed.

Top performing school in Bournemouth was Bournemouth School for Girls and head Alistair Brien said: “I am delighted that once again the results achieved by our pupils at both GCSE and A level have been recognised in the latest government tables, crowning a year when we also achieved ‘outstanding’ status under the new much tougher OFSTED regime. Schools, however, are of course far more than just about exam results.”

Bournemouth School for Girls was among the top 200 state schools in the country along with Parkstone Grammar, Poole Grammar and Bournemouth School with independent schools including Sherborne School, Canford School and Talbot Heath also up there.

In the bottom 200 schools, although with much improved scores compared to last year, was St Aldhelm’s Academy and The Bourne Academy.

Cllr Nicola Greene, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for education, said: “Pupils in Bournemouth have had another successful year of achievement, with the percentage of students gaining the all-important five A*-C grades, including English and maths rising to 60.7 per cent.

“These latest results are the highest for the borough to date. We are really pleased that results in Bournemouth continue to improve each year.”

Cllr Janet Walton, cabinet member for children and young people at the Borough of Poole, said: “I am pleased that this year’s Key Stage 4 results in our Poole secondary schools have again improved on the previous year and compare favourably with national figures.

“Two schools in particular, Carter Community School and St Aldhelm’s Academy, have made significant increases in the number of young people gaining five-plus A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics.”

To see league tables for your area, click here and choose your town. Then click Schools and follow the links.

 

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7:36am Fri 25 Jan 13

guisselle says...

Well done to Carter school hope the
future looks better with a 6th form!
Well done to Carter school hope the future looks better with a 6th form! guisselle

10:45am Fri 25 Jan 13

AdelaidePete says...

I had a student from Korea in my top class a few years ago. She was used to learning to pass tests and memorised all the textbooks. In Korea she was a top student...but she could not use the "learning" to answer any questions which required original thought or use of the facts and in our system came a poor last. Our politicians have faith in tests showing what has been "learnt" and are going over to such tests so league tables can be published.
Having a set of facts does not equal an education.
I went to Oakmead in the sixties which, apart from one rather spiteful teacher of French, I believe was a place of real learning second to none and it didn't need a table to tell anyone.
I had a student from Korea in my top class a few years ago. She was used to learning to pass tests and memorised all the textbooks. In Korea she was a top student...but she could not use the "learning" to answer any questions which required original thought or use of the facts and in our system came a poor last. Our politicians have faith in tests showing what has been "learnt" and are going over to such tests so league tables can be published. Having a set of facts does not equal an education. I went to Oakmead in the sixties which, apart from one rather spiteful teacher of French, I believe was a place of real learning second to none and it didn't need a table to tell anyone. AdelaidePete

7:07pm Fri 25 Jan 13

vicarinatutu says...

I see St Aldhelm's Academy is bottom of a league table for a second year running - the pupil progress score which is in many ways a better indicator of a school's well-being as it measures 8 rather than 5 qualifications, and measures progress since primary/middle school. St Aldhelm's scored 915 - the worst in England. Oakmead scored over 1000 - a good school, well run and not an academy.
I see St Aldhelm's Academy is bottom of a league table for a second year running - the pupil progress score which is in many ways a better indicator of a school's well-being as it measures 8 rather than 5 qualifications, and measures progress since primary/middle school. St Aldhelm's scored 915 - the worst in England. Oakmead scored over 1000 - a good school, well run and not an academy. vicarinatutu

1:20pm Thu 31 Jan 13

M Ford says...

@ vicarinatutu: which league table is St Aldhelm's bottom of this year? Not in any category in this one:
http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/li/seco
ndary_schools.compar
e.Poole/
@ vicarinatutu: which league table is St Aldhelm's bottom of this year? Not in any category in this one: http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/li/seco ndary_schools.compar e.Poole/ M Ford

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