School Performance Tables
The DfE has published the annual performance tables for secondary schools in England. If you would like to look at the data for The Castle School you can find this via the link below:
In general, I am very proud of the picture this tells of the work done by staff and students, as reflected in the GCSE and A-Level outcomes last summer. We know there are areas we still need to improve, and these are our most urgent priority. In particular I know we still need to improve:
a) Overall attendance figures (some students miss too much school, and we are trying to tackle that urgently).
b) Overall progress of our disadvantaged students: the gap between their progress and other students is still too large.
However, we should also celebrate the areas which are clearly going well. These include:
Progress of GCSE students. The new measure (progress 8) shows the progress of all students across their whole curriculum since primary school, compared with national progress, and I’m delighted that Castle’s figure is above the national figure (0.06 compared to -0.3 nationally). So Castle students made more progress during Years 7-11 than students nationally.
Attainment of GCSE Students. The raw grades achieved by students are considerably higher than national averages (52.2 compared to 44.6 nationally).
Progress of A-level students. The progress of students between Yr 11 and Yr 13 is well above average (34.42 compared to 32.72 nationally).
I am also delighted to see that the percentage of our students successfully moving onto education, employment or training at 16 or 18 is also above national averages.
So I would like to pay tribute to the work done by all our staff in helping all these young people make this excellent progress, and thank you as parents / carers for working with us to support your sons / daughters. It is a pleasure to see so many students doing so well.
We were also delighted to learn last week that 5 current students in our joint Castle / Marlwood Sixth Form have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge universities next year, against very tough
competition. They still have work to do to obtain the grades they need this summer, but it is a tribute to those individuals, and the support they have received from teachers within Castle and Marlwood.