Mixed fortunes in school league tables

SECONDARY school league tables published today reveal mixed fortunes for schools across Dorset and Hampshire.

In Poole, Ashdown and Poole High, which have both recently been given notices to improve, recorded lower GCSE results than last year.

And Rossmore Community College was ranked 11th worst in the country for the national benchmark for GCSEs.

League table results at a glance

Of the non-selective schools only two in Bournemouth and two in Poole were above the the national average of 53.1% of pupils gaining 5 GCSES at A-C including English and Maths.

Bournemouth’s Winton Arts and Media College, recently placed in special measures, also had a slight drop in the percentage of students gaining at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and maths.

Carter Community School in Poole also saw a drop of 11 percentage points.

Schools with dramatic improvements include Avonbourne, Glenmoor, Oakmead, St Peter’s, Corfe Hills, Ferndown Upper, Gryphon, Lytchett Minster, QE, Arnewood and Ringwood.

Di Mitchell, Service Director for Children’s learning and Engagement in Bournemouth said the average result in Bournemouth was 56.5 per cent, five per cent higher than last year and higher than the national average.

She added: “We are really proud that, for the fifth year in a row, the results in Bournemouth have continued to improve and that we have again achieved our best ever results. We will continue to work towards further successes and supporting schools that require additional support.”

Click the links below to see results and spending per pupil for each school.

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9:47am Wed 12 Jan 11

TinyLegacy says...

I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news.
I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news. TinyLegacy
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10:09am Wed 12 Jan 11

Tony Trent says...

Life is not as simple as league tables. We need to get the best from ALL our children. The last Government when in opposition promised to give us "value added" information about schools. They failed to do this and let another generation of children feel like failures if they went to the "wrong" school. We now have added freedoms given to schools that become "Academies", but why can't we give them to all schools? Right from the 70s we have had schooling distorted by political dogma and "one size fits all" thinking from left and right, and teaching being devalued as a profession. All that and a rampant blame culture which undermines our own sense of OUR responsibility for the children we bring into the world.
Life is not as simple as league tables. We need to get the best from ALL our children. The last Government when in opposition promised to give us "value added" information about schools. They failed to do this and let another generation of children feel like failures if they went to the "wrong" school. We now have added freedoms given to schools that become "Academies", but why can't we give them to all schools? Right from the 70s we have had schooling distorted by political dogma and "one size fits all" thinking from left and right, and teaching being devalued as a profession. All that and a rampant blame culture which undermines our own sense of OUR responsibility for the children we bring into the world. Tony Trent
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10:11am Wed 12 Jan 11

Was Charlie says...

So where are the Poole results?
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I get Bournemouth if I click on either Bournemouth or Poole.
So where are the Poole results? .................... .................... .. I get Bournemouth if I click on either Bournemouth or Poole. Was Charlie
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10:12am Wed 12 Jan 11

Sam Shepherd says...

Tony, if you follow the links to our interactive league tables, they do have value added scores... if you can work out what they mean! We'll have more detail about what it all represents later on today...
Tony, if you follow the links to our interactive league tables, they do have value added scores... if you can work out what they mean! We'll have more detail about what it all represents later on today... Sam Shepherd
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10:19am Wed 12 Jan 11

Tony Trent says...

TinyLegacy wrote:
I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news.
I hope the new freedoms enable St. Aldhelms Academy to be seen in a more positive light. The old Rossmore Community College served a lot of local youngsters very well, but people only ever saw the problems. They have some very challenging children in the area that are not helped by our obsession with league tables. I want to see a situation where everybody wants to see their children going to the nearest school unless they have a very specialised need that cannot be reasonably met by the local school. This would do more to drive standards up than all the tinkering of the last 20 years!
[quote][p][bold]TinyLegacy[/bold] wrote: I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news.[/p][/quote]I hope the new freedoms enable St. Aldhelms Academy to be seen in a more positive light. The old Rossmore Community College served a lot of local youngsters very well, but people only ever saw the problems. They have some very challenging children in the area that are not helped by our obsession with league tables. I want to see a situation where everybody wants to see their children going to the nearest school unless they have a very specialised need that cannot be reasonably met by the local school. This would do more to drive standards up than all the tinkering of the last 20 years! Tony Trent
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10:29am Wed 12 Jan 11

Was Charlie says...

Found the Poole results ............ The link given for Poole leads to:
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The letter h shouldn't be on the end of Poole. Removed it and got the Poole results.
Found the Poole results ............ The link given for Poole leads to: .......... http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/li/seco ndary_schools.compar e.Pooleh/ ........... The letter h shouldn't be on the end of Poole. Removed it and got the Poole results. Was Charlie
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12:47pm Wed 12 Jan 11

Wintonian says...

TinyLegacy wrote:
I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news.
But these are the results of GCSEs which were sat last June, when it was still Kings High.
[quote][p][bold]TinyLegacy[/bold] wrote: I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news.[/p][/quote]But these are the results of GCSEs which were sat last June, when it was still Kings High. Wintonian
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2:04pm Wed 12 Jan 11

TinyLegacy says...

Wintonian wrote:
TinyLegacy wrote:
I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news.
But these are the results of GCSEs which were sat last June, when it was still Kings High.
Fair point. Next year will be the true indicator then... I still expect things continue to improve.
[quote][p][bold]Wintonian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TinyLegacy[/bold] wrote: I've got a personal interest in the Bourne Academy... Not even reached the end of the first year as an Academy and already up. Good news.[/p][/quote]But these are the results of GCSEs which were sat last June, when it was still Kings High.[/p][/quote]Fair point. Next year will be the true indicator then... I still expect things continue to improve. TinyLegacy
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