Posted on 29th January 2014
Excellent news about the Government’s Performance 2013
What do the League Tables tell us about ourselves? A very great deal. There are two sets (GCSE and post 16) and they are very detailed. Among the pointers we can take from them are the following:
Everyone counts, everyone matters at CGS.
We are not giving up on anyone. We are supporting every student to meet their individual needs. We do this year after year. We have gained 100% 5 A*-C for 5 years running including English and Maths, and 100% 5 A*-C for 8 year running.
Value Added measures whether students are performing as they should. Every student’s KS2 results are used to calculate what a given level of performance should produce. We did much better than would be expected: our 1014.6 puts us in the top 25%. Further, the tables divide students into categories based on their KS2 scores: Higher attainers, Middle attainers or Low attainers. For last year in Year 11, we had 80 Higher attainers and 14 Middle attainers. Those Middle attaining students had a Value Added of 1032.5 : the 5th highest Value Added from such students in Lincolnshire and in the top 5% in the country.
No other school in Lincolnshire or regionally can come close to matching our track record of excellence over time. This excellence is not always fully captured by the Tables. Our diamond standard of 100% 7 A*- C (including English, Maths and two sciences) for 3 years running is not a standard that any other Lincolnshire school and few schools nationally come close to. Only 3 Lincolnshire schools got 100% 5 A*-C this year and only one – CGS – managed last year too. In the last four years, only two Lincolnshire schools have managed it twice. We have done so in each of the last 5 years and in 7 of the last 8 years in which the measurement has existed.
Our performance allows us, consistently, year after year, to be ranked among the best schools in the country. In the Daily Telegraph we are ranked as 32nd school in the country. It is the same in the BBC GCSE rankings. In this first, there are only 5 independent schools in the country that are listed above us. (The Tables take schools with 100% 5A*- C including English and Maths, and then separate them by their students average total points score.)
The Government is changing the Tables over the next couple of years. They are going to use the Best 8, average points score – ours was 413.6, the highest in Lincolnshire – and the A* – C pass rate in English and Maths – ours was 100% in both. Only 3 other schools got 100% in both in Lincolnshire. Incidentally, we are one of only two schools in Lincolnshire which got 100% in two sciences.
A Level Tables
This is the 11th year running when we have led Lincolnshire as measured by the Average point score per candidate. The difference between our performance and the rest, in this our best ever year of A level results, has widened. Our score is 1121.8, and the nearest to us is 1046.5. Only one other school gets above 1000! I urge you to go on the tables and look for yourself at the gulf which exists. This year the Government have introduced a new measure: the APS per entry expressed as a letter. The Lincolnshire average is a (C). 7 schools in Lincolnshire gain a (B –) (including its two independent schools). No institution gained a straight (B). We head the list as the only school with a (B+).
The Government also measure the proportion of students who gain both 2 and 3 grades at AAB or better in so called facilitating subjects – not all subjects have equal merit in the eyes of universities or the government. We lead Lincolnshire in the first list: 44% of our students gained 2 such passes and 21% of our students gained 3, which is 2nd in Lincolnshire. We are one of only 4 schools in Lincolnshire where 100% of students get at least 3 good passes
The Government have introduced a new Value Added measurement of A level performance (with GCSE scores as a starting point in the process). Our score was (+0.31). This is, it turns out, one of the highest value added scores in the country (39th equal out of over 4273 post-16 providers), even though our students’ exceptional GCSE results made such progress harder to achieve. When the national list is examined it is discovered that we have 7th highest Value Added amongst the country’s 164 grammar schools. Needless to say, our A level Value Added was the best score in Lincolnshire – the next highest was (+0.19).
3 Going forward to the future.
Whilst such success might be daunting for younger students and especially those facing the examiner this year, I think rather that it should be a source of strength and inspiration. Predominantly the same group of teachers are working hard to support, extend and challenge this year’s students.
We will take nothing for granted. We will push and support every student. We will respond to every new specification requirement to give each year of CGS students the best service possible.
When we have established such a tremendous standard, just matching it will be a huge challenge. But there are many ways in which we can improve as a school, and we seek to do this. We want to improve. We want our students to have the self-discipline, focus, determination, ambition and flair to excel.
Taken together, these tables confirm Caistor Grammar School to be one of the most successful schools in the country. You can be very proud that your child attends this school. As a student here, you can be thrilled to be part of our community. I hope that it will encourage you to be the best “you” that you can be.
A wonderful Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening was a highly memorable occasion. It was wonderful to have Squadron Leader Sue Freeman from the RAF there to present the awards. Squadron Leader Sue Freeman trained as an Air Defence fighter pilot and served in Iraq as well as participating in several exercises worldwide. She is a qualified flying instructor and now works for the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron. We were also pleased to welcome Ms Jacky Secker and Mr Barry Sinclair from the Lincolnshire Duke of Edinburgh Awards Office for their presentation. It was also a delight to see just how many students were being recognised in this school. Currently we have over 100 students doing Bronze, Silver and Gold. I would like to pay tribute to the excellent work done by Mrs Jo Hoare in co-ordinating the scheme at the School and to Mr David Moffat who is 2nd i/c Duke of Edinburgh scheme. I am attaching to this letter the list of students who were acknowledged for their achievements for Duke of Edinburgh and also the names of all people who help to make the award scheme possible at Caistor Grammar School. Congratulations to them all!
Triangles Δ and Triangles Δ
Parents of Year 11 students should by now have received a copy of their Report. Each Term, as you will know, our students get either an Assessment or a Report and each Term an average is calculated on the computer for their effort and attainment. Slightly less scientifically, I award students who have done particularly well a triangle Δ (and students who have not done particularly well, an asterisk*). We record these indicators as well. I have listed below those students in Year 11 who have received a Δ in every one of their termly Assessments or Reports at CGS from the start of Year 7 until now. I am also listing below the names of those students who just missed one Δ over the last 14 Terms. Well done to them all!
Year 11 Students receiving a Δ in every one of their Assessments or Reports since Year 7
11X – Eleanor Brook, Matthew Crown, Abby Hnatyszyn, Chloe James, Edward Kenny, Pollyanna Seamer
1 1Y – Tom Aslett, John Asumang, Leonie Brummitt, Isabella Chase, Anna Kent, Martha Kent, Dylan Moss, Lucy Palmer, Matthew Travis, WilliamWalker
11Z – Dilasha Gurung, Harriet Haswell, Sophie Higgs, Rawan Jaibaji, Sarah Lodder-Manning, Megan McKie
Year 11 Students receiving a Δ in all but one of their Assessments or Reports since Year 7
11X – Charles Kenny
11Y – Grace Glevey, Charles Hewis, Oliver Mansfield
11Z – Joanna Hood, Ruth Tattershall
Visit to the School by Simon Heffer, Author and Journalist
Last Friday, we were delighted to welcome the distinguished author and journalist, Simon Heffer to the School. Mr Heffer has been the Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph and is currently the senior political columnist for the Daily Mail, as well as having authored several books. He has also been a judge of the School Newspaper of the Year competition. For the last two years, the award has been presented to Caistor Grammar School, so his visit seemed most appropriate. He spoke to our student journalists about his career and their ambitions and commented after his visit that he was extremely impressed by the caliber of the students he had met.
With very best wishes