School makes great strides in league table

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A SCARBOROUGH school is celebrating coming top of the class for student improvements.

Scalby School’s strong showing saw it ranked in first place in Yorkshire and 18th place in the national league tables for its Contextual Value Added score of 1061.6.

St Augustine’s and Raincliffe also fared well in this area, achieving scores of 1026.1 and 1023.3 respectively.

The score is calculated based on how well a school has brought on pupils from one test level to another.

Each pupil’s performance in a set of tests is compared with the middle performance of all pupils nationally who had a similar performance at the previous test level. The result does not depend on how well they do in outright terms, but how much they have improved.

Scalby School headteacher David Read said “I am immensely proud of our best-ever examination results and would like to thank students, staff, parents and governors for their hard work and dedication which made 2010 such a great year for Scalby School. The school is at the heart of the community which it serves and we continue to strive to sustain and improve on the work which my predecessor Paul Tarn began.

“We feel Contextual Value Added is a measure of the inclusivity of a school and how well students are served, whatever their background or need.”

Assistant Headteacher Barry Evans said, “Our Contextual Value Added score of 1061.6 is ranked top in the whole of Yorkshire and 18th in the country which is a tremendous achievement. We relentlessly strive to encourage every student to achieve and some students have had to overcome a number of barriers to their achievement.”

It marks another feather in the cap for the school which was placed into measures in 2008 after a damning report said it had failed to give students an acceptable education.

It was graded as “good” by Ofsted inspectors last year, making it the first in the country to achieve such a remarkable turnaround.

The school, in Fieldstead Crescent was the highest performing school in Scarborough for the second successive year in 2010 after 69 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, including English and mathematics.

At GCSE, North Yorkshire is first in Yorkshire and Humberside and ranks 22nd out of 150 authorities nationally for its school’s GCSE 5 A*-C results including English and Maths – with more than 61 per cent of pupils reaching that level, well above the national rate of just over 53 per cent.

Six of the region’s schools improved their results by more than 10 per cent with two, including Norton College, by around 20 per cent. The number of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at A*-C, or equivalent qualifications, in any subjects rose to 81.6 per cent - again well above the national figure of 75.4 per cent.

County Councillor John Watson, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools, said: “This is a tremendous result for our young people and school staff who have worked extremely hard to reach the highest standards.

“These results once again show North Yorkshire’s commitment to ensuring that all students can meet their full potential and that our schools continue to offer excellence and a broad balanced appropriate curriculum.”