One in eight secondary schools in England are 'failing'

January 25 2018 9:00am The Times Schools fear new exam system will hurt their reputation Rosemary Bennett Education Editor

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Teenagers at free schools improved more than pupils at any state secondary schools apart from grammars, new government figures showed yesterday.

Kate Pereira, headteacher at St Benedict's, said they were "delighted" with their score.

"Our teachers go above and beyond to help and support our students".

"Progress from year 10 to 11 - the time students are at the UTC - is exceptionally good".

North Bromsgrove and Rigby Hall Special School were graded "well below average" in the Progress 8 measure.

Workington Academy was "below average" in Progress 8 with -0.39, Attainment Score 8 was 41.1, Grade Five or Above in English and maths GCSEs was 34% and Achieving EBacc above grade 5/C or above was 14%. Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading.

The figures show a large difference between schools across both Shropshire and Telford council areas but the overall Progress 8 figure - which measures how much improvement pupils have made between the end of Key Stage 2 (primary school) and Key Stage 4 (GCSEs) - is below average for both areas.

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On the measure of Attainment 8, Sheffield scored an average of 44.6 which is below the national average of 46.3.

"Wiltshire pupils consistently achieve well but we are never complacent and we continue to focus on ensuring our students can achieve and are well prepared for the future".

"We are are also pleased that the number of students achieving the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects at South Bromsgrove remains the highest in Worcestershire".

"We have achieved this whilst also doing well in the creative subjects and maintaining a full programme of extra-curricular activities so that our students have an excellent all-round education".

Many parents say they've found the new system confusing.

The data, released on Thursday, features the results of the first pupils to sit new tougher GCSEs in English and maths.

Suffolk has seen a fall in its Progress 8 score after achieving -0.01 compared to 0.02 a year ago.

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