Town schools now among best in the county

By Ian Dipple Friday 14 February 2014 Updated: 14/02 09:58

REDDITCH now boasts some of the best performing schools in the county, latest figures have revealed.

Two of the borough’s high schools appear in the top ten in Worcestershire for the number of pupils achieving five GCSEs at A* to C grade including English and Maths.

Trinity High School, which last year was named the most improved school in England, placed second with 78 per cent of pupils achieving the measure, just five per cent behind first placed Hagley Catholic High School while St Augustine’s Catholic High School is in fifth on 74 per cent. Kingsley College repeated last year’s remarkable performance with 63 per cent of students reaching the standard compared to 39 per cent in 2010. RSA Arrow Vale saw 64 per cent of pupils achieve five A* to C grades including English and Maths, the first set of results following the school’s conversion to an academy.

It is a remarkable turnaround for the borough’s schools with almost 70 per cent of pupils now achieving the five A* to C GCSE standard compared to 54 per cent in 2011 and 37 per cent in 2007, which left Redditch languishing at the bottom of the county table.

Redditch MP Karen Lumley said: “It’s an amazing achievement, we should be really proud of our schools are now in the top ten in the county, especially considering we were red flagged for educational attainment in 2009 by the Audit Commission.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the leadership and management of all our headteachers in all our schools who are doing an amazing job to make sure our children get the education they deserve.”

On another measure Redditch schools are also outperforming their neighbours with RSA Arrow Vale topping the pile for the value added 8 score, which charts the progress pupils make during their time with the school based on their top eight results including English and Maths.

The Green Sward Lane school scored 1043.8, almost ten points clear of second placed RSA Tudor Grange in Worcester.

Trinity High School made it into sixth place with 1021.5 points with Kingsley College in tenth on 1010.3. St Augustine’s Catholic High School just missed out on a top ten spot in 11th with 1008.7 points.

Guy Shears, principal at RSA Arrow Vale, said they were delighted to be Worcestershire’s top performing school on the value added measure.

“For students to have done so well is a great credit to them, all of their teachers and of course their families.”

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