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Key Stages 4 and 5 School League Tables

Date: 09/01/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 THURSDAY 10 JANUARY 08 Medway’s results rise again, to above the national average MEDWAY schools are celebrating their best ever GCSE exam results – the third year in a row that results have improved. The latest figures published on Thursday 10 January by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF - previously known as the DfES) reveal that a greater number of Medway students have gained five or more GCSE (or equivalent) passes at A* to C grades than ever before, and have exceeded the national average. The students took these exams in the summer of 2007, but the need to allow time for appeals and number-crunching means that this is the first time the figures have been made public. In the exams taken last summer, nearly 64 per cent of pupils achieved this target, compared to 56 per cent the previous year, a rise of 8 percentage points. The National Average for 2006/07 was 62 percent, an increase of 3 percentage points on last year. Medway’s schools also did better than the national average in the number of students achieving five or more GCSE (or equivalent) grades at A*-C including English and mathematics. At 47 percent, this equals the national average. The Medway increase of almost 3 percentage points on last year is triple the national increase of 1 percentage point. Medway’s schools continue to do better than the national average in the number of students achieving five or more GCSE (or equivalent) passes at A* to G grades. At 93 per cent, this compares to a national average of 92 per cent. In all previously published measures, Medway has improved upon performance last year. There are a number of success stories across Medway: New Brompton College, Gillingham, has again made an excellent improvement. Standards published this week continue to rise with 42 per cent of pupils gaining five or more GCSE (or equivalent) passed at A*-C grades, compared with 24 per cent last year and only 9 per cent the year before that. On the national measure of pupil progress between age 11 and 16 (known as contectual value added), New Brompton achieved better than 95 per cent of schools in the country. The results at Temple school, Strood, have also improved well this year. The proportion of its pupils gaining five or more GCSE (or equivalent) passes at A* to C grades rose to 38 per cent this year compared with 17 per cent previously . On the five or more GCSE (or equivalent) passes at A* to C grades including English and mathematics there has also been a good increase increase, from 2 per cent in 2005/06 to 16 per cent in 2006/07 Post-16 Results Best ever results Post-16 Medway’s post-16 results are also the best ever. Achievement is measured by the average number of UCAS points scored by each student, and by the average number of points achieved in each exam. On both measures, Medway students have improved on previous years. Participation Post-16 has also increased, with more students than before choosing to continue in learning and enhance their qualifications. Although Medway’s Post-16 score is below the national average, the choice of subjects and qualification types available to its students is now wider and more diverse than ever before and we are confident that the trend of improvement will continue. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “This year’s data demonstrates that Medway schools have achieved a significant increase in students staying on and succeeding with no drop in standards. "Year-on-year improvement is difficult to sustain but that is what is happening in Medway. We want even more success for all our youngsters and I am confident we will continue to achieve it.” Director of Children’s Services, Rose Collinson, said: “Overall at Key Stage 4 and post-16 these tables represent very good news for Medway’s students and schools. Nationally we’re very much punching our weight and I’m particularly delighted that young people are not only achieving well at age 16 but they are staying on and succeeding post-16. “Together with our local university partners and through the Progression Compact, Medway young people are very well equipped to continue learning at university, college or to go onto good jobs with training.” [end]