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Saturday, 28 January 2017 06:07

Medway GCSE results 2016: Final

This article updates and replaces an earlier one covering provisional results, published in October

This year the long established 5 A*-C GCSE league table including English and maths has been scrapped, being replaced by two new assessments, Progress 8 and Attainment 8. Both these are measured by an arcane formula combining results in eight curriculum subjects to produce numbers whose meaning and spread is very difficult to comprehend, but enable schools to be placed in an order. The key measure is Progress 8 (full table here) which looks at progress from the end of primary school to the end of Year 11, comparing pupils to others nationally, who begin from the same starting point, with Medway above average at 0.05, against a National average of -0.03. 

Rochester Grammar 

Headlines: Whilst the Rochester Grammar School heads up both tables, non-selective schools take the next highest Progress score places, as distinct from Kent where the grammar schools dominate. Second is The Thomas Aveling School, followed by Brompton Academy and Rainham School for Girls, all above the national average and unsurprisingly all heavily oversubscribed for admission. Next highest grammar is Chatham Grammar School for Boys (now Holcombe Grammar School).  Bringing up the rear in both tables is St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive. No Medway secondary schools are below the floor target, which may trigger government intervention (there are seven in Kent). For Attainment 8, all the six grammar schools are unsurprisingly in the top spots, led by the two super-selectives, Rochester Grammar and Rainham Mark, although Fort Pitt, is at the foot of the grammars in both tables. Highest non-selectives are again Rainham Girls and Thomas Aveling, this time joined by The Howard.  

Further information below, including the performance of individual schools, and a look at another measure, the English Baccalaureate ......

The key measure is Progress 8 (full table here) which looks at progress from the end of primary school to the end of Year 11, comparing pupils to others nationally, who begin from the same starting point, with Medway above average at 0.05, against a National average of -0.03. There is a single floor standard which schools are expected to achieve, which turns out to be -0.5, and all secondary schools exceed this. Highest rated school by this measures is Rochester Grammar, followed by non-selective Thomas Aveling and Brompton Academy.

Progress 8
Grammar Schools
The table is led by Rochester Grammar, the only Medway school to score 'Well above Average' for progress from Key Stage 2 to GCSE. 
Grammar School Progress 8
Scores for 2016
School Score
Well Above Average 
 Rochester Grammar 0.68 
  Above Average
Chatham Grammar Boys  0.28
 Rainham Mark Grammar  0.24
Close to National Average 
Chatham Grammar Girls 0.19
 Sir Joseph Williamson's   0.16
Fort Pitt 0.02
Non-Selective Schools
Government classifies  schools into groups, with four non-selective schools performing at an Above Average Level, the top three performing at a higher level than five of the grammar schools.
With all schools achieving the floor standard (six failed this measure in Kent), there are still four making below average progress.  
Non-Selective Progress 8
Scores for 2016
 School  Score School  Score 
Above Average    Robert Napier  -0.08
 Thomas Aveling  0.46  Greenacre  -0.16
 Brompton Academy  0.41 Below Average
 Rainham Girls  0.30  Victory Academy  -0.22
 Howard School  0.20  Strood Academy  -0.40
  Close to National Average   Walderslade Girls  -0.41
Hundred of Hoo 0.03 St John Fisher -0.44
Attainment  8
Here, scores come out looking somewhat like a GCSE league table, but flattened at the top, with the score of 40 looking very similar in terms of number of schools reaching it as last year’s Floor Level of 5 GCSE A-Cs.
Grammar Schools 
Not surprisingly, here the grammar schools sweep the table completely. The Rochester Grammar and  Rainham Mark Grammar lead the way,  unsurprisingly as these are the two grammars selecting on high scores, so attracting many of the ablest pupils,
Grammar School Attainment 8Scores for 2016
School Score
 Rochester Grammar 71.0 
 Rainham Mark Grammar 66.5
 Sir Joseph Williamson's  66.1
Chatham Grammar Boys 64.7
Chatham Grammar Girls 63.3
Fort Pitt 62.4
Non-Selective Schools 
The popularity or otherwise of Non-Selective schools is heavily polarised, with Brompton Academy one of the most oversubscribed in the whole of Kent and Medway. However, Rainham Girls, Thomas Aveling and Howard, the highest performers, are also all oversubscribed each holding admission appeals to underline their popularity.  
At the other end are the three schools with a large number of vacancies, Robert Napier, Victory Academy and St John Fisher. The last two named, as well as having below average progress grades, are below the 40 points mark. However, this data suggests that Robert Napier is at long last on the turn for the good.    
Non-Selective Attainment 8
Scores for 2016
 School  Score School  Score 
Rainham Girls  49.7  Strood Academy 42.5
Thomas Aveling 49.3 Robert Napier 41.7
 Howard School  49.3 Greenacre 
 Hundred of Hoo 45.4  Victory Academy  39.5
Walderslade Girls  45.3 St John Fisher
Brompton Academy
English Baccalaureate
This is a third measure towards which the government was trying to nudge schools, by measuring the percentage of pupils achieving a Grade C or better in five specific subject areas: English, maths, a science, a language, and history or geography. It is designed to encourage schools towards more academic subjects and away from those thought intellectually easier, which government considers is an easy way to score, although Progress 8 and Attainment 8 already go some way towards that. 
Rochester Grammar School is unsurprisingly at the top of the lists, with 91% of its pupils passing the required subjects. It is followed by Sir Joseph Williamson with 86% and then Fort Pitt with 63%. Top non-selective school is The Howard, with 21%, followed by Hundred of Hoo with 20%. At the bottom are the Robert Napier and Victory Academy with no students meeting this standard. 
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