South Essex schools see mixed results in the latest secondary school league tables

Mixed results for secondary schools in latest league tables

Mixed results for secondary schools in latest league tables

First published in Echo News by

IT was a mixed story for schools in South Essex as the latest secondary league tables were released yesterday.
Southend saw its four grammar schools top the tables again, with Westcliff High School for Girls registering the second best GCSE results in the country.
Basildon headlines were made by the schools’ struggle to get more than 50% achieving five A* to C grades, including maths and English, at GCSE level.
In Castle Point a specialist secondary saw a 13% drop in its A* to C graded GCSEs, but it still remained the best performing school in the borough.
Both Westcliff and Southend High Schools for Girls recorded 100% of pupils attaining five or more A* to C grades.
The corresponding boys’ schools scored 99% and 97% respectively, meaning all four schools registered among the top ten performing schools in the county.
Bottom of the table was Chase High School, where just 25% attained five or more A* to C grades, with Futures Community College scoring 27%.
James Coutenay, Southend councillor responsible for children and learning, said: “Overall Southend’s schools have done well.
“Obviously some of our schools’ results need to improve. We are already working with them to secure rapid improvement. In the budget the council is in the process of setting, I am proposing to spend an additional £200,000 a year to bolster our school improvement team.”
King John School, in Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, saw 68% of its pupils achieve five A* to C grades, including maths and English in 2013. Although this was 4% higher than its nearest rival, the Appleton School, King John has seen scores drop steadily since 2011.
The under-threat Deanes School, in Thundersley, saw a decline in the number of students achieving five or more A* to C, including maths and English – 52% of pupils last year compared to 57% in 2012 and 51 per cent in 2011.
De La Salle Catholic School, in Basildon, did manage to score more than 50%, with 52% of students getting the five A* to C grades, although that was down two per cent on last year.
The James Hornsby School, in Laindon, scored just 26% and Woodlands School, in Basildon, which is having a £25million rebuild, scored the same as last year, at 39%.
The Basildon Academies also failed to hit its projected GCSE target, missing out by nine per cent to score 46%.
Despite the results, school governor Keith Bobbin believes head teacher Bev Bell is the right woman for the job.
He said: “It has been a very busy year at the academies and we have had to face a number of problems, so I think, all in all, the school can be pleased. It is a step in the right direction and I think Bev has done an excellent job.”
Elsewhere in the borough, the highest scoring school was Beauchamps High School, in Wickford, which secured a 76% pass rate.

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9:33am Fri 24 Jan 14

Logopolitan says...

Sad to see - looks like two Southend schools are in the bottom twenty performers in the entire country. Southend has its problems but it isn't inner city Manchester or Tottenham. What can be done to help these schools improve?
Sad to see - looks like two Southend schools are in the bottom twenty performers in the entire country. Southend has its problems but it isn't inner city Manchester or Tottenham. What can be done to help these schools improve? Logopolitan
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9:39am Fri 24 Jan 14

robb789 says...

Logopolitan wrote:
Sad to see - looks like two Southend schools are in the bottom twenty performers in the entire country. Southend has its problems but it isn't inner city Manchester or Tottenham. What can be done to help these schools improve?
Well they've tried throwing money at Futures and that doesn't appear to have worked
[quote][p][bold]Logopolitan[/bold] wrote: Sad to see - looks like two Southend schools are in the bottom twenty performers in the entire country. Southend has its problems but it isn't inner city Manchester or Tottenham. What can be done to help these schools improve?[/p][/quote]Well they've tried throwing money at Futures and that doesn't appear to have worked robb789
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10:55am Fri 24 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

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James Coutenay, Southend councillor responsible for children and learning, said: “Overall Southend’s schools have done well.



Bottom of the table was Chase High School, where just 25% attained five or more A* to C grades, with Futures Community College scoring 27%
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Yes ok then.....i think he missed out the word 'some'....back to class young James.
. James Coutenay, Southend councillor responsible for children and learning, said: “Overall Southend’s schools have done well. Bottom of the table was Chase High School, where just 25% attained five or more A* to C grades, with Futures Community College scoring 27% __________ Yes ok then.....i think he missed out the word 'some'....back to class young James. DogsMessInLeigh
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5:16pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Stamper2 says...

Step in the right direction?

Am I reading this correctly? Bev Bell 'succeeds' in producing such awful results that Basildon Academy's results are down by 9% and this is described as being a step in the right direction?

I think the Council is facing the wrong way.

Yet again Basildon has shown how poor its dire schools are. What an utter disgrace and let down for those pupils.
Step in the right direction? Am I reading this correctly? Bev Bell 'succeeds' in producing such awful results that Basildon Academy's results are down by 9% and this is described as being a step in the right direction? I think the Council is facing the wrong way. Yet again Basildon has shown how poor its dire schools are. What an utter disgrace and let down for those pupils. Stamper2
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9:09pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Any children who don't make the grade should forfeit their summer holidays and have to attend catch-up classes. The teachers all work during the holidays so staffing shouldn't be a problem.
Any children who don't make the grade should forfeit their summer holidays and have to attend catch-up classes. The teachers all work during the holidays so staffing shouldn't be a problem. Nebs
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10:09pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Champs2 says...

In reply to stamper 2 I think you will find that Basildon predicted 55% but got it wrong. However, they are the ONLY school in Basildon whose results have improved and gone up over EVERY year for the last FOUR years.
In reply to stamper 2 I think you will find that Basildon predicted 55% but got it wrong. However, they are the ONLY school in Basildon whose results have improved and gone up over EVERY year for the last FOUR years. Champs2
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10:54pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Stamper2 says...

Basildon is clearly just an area of very low personal academic achievement, where secondary schools have been allowed, due to Basildon Council's inept handling of education, to not give children a decent education.

I suppose it 'helps cut costs' if only the worst or the newest teachers are all employed. That is one thing you will notice at any of the four Basildon schools - too many new teachers, and a large movement of teachers at each school. Apart from anything else, it is not fair to the pupils........
Basildon is clearly just an area of very low personal academic achievement, where secondary schools have been allowed, due to Basildon Council's inept handling of education, to not give children a decent education. I suppose it 'helps cut costs' if only the worst or the newest teachers are all employed. That is one thing you will notice at any of the four Basildon schools - too many new teachers, and a large movement of teachers at each school. Apart from anything else, it is not fair to the pupils........ Stamper2
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12:33am Sat 8 Feb 14

DeanofThunder says...

C'mon Echo - don't keep it secret!!

In Castle Point the specialist secondary that saw a 13% drop in its A* to C graded GCSEs was KING JOHN.

I am sure the 'Head Teacher of the Year' wouldn't want to keep it a secret if it was the other way around. And she's not so quick to post the most recent results on the school website is she?

Never mind at least it wont get more overcrowded now the Deanes is to become an Academy. Hope you haven't wasted too much money speculating Ms Wilson.
C'mon Echo - don't keep it secret!! In Castle Point the specialist secondary that saw a 13% drop in its A* to C graded GCSEs was KING JOHN. I am sure the 'Head Teacher of the Year' wouldn't want to keep it a secret if it was the other way around. And she's not so quick to post the most recent results on the school website is she? Never mind at least it wont get more overcrowded now the Deanes is to become an Academy. Hope you haven't wasted too much money speculating Ms Wilson. DeanofThunder
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