Scalby is top for progress

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A Scarborough school has been placed in the top 20 per cent of schools in the country as a result of the progress made by its students.

Scalby school qualified as one of the top 20 per cent of schools in England for the progress made by its pupils between their Key Stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.

Every school in the country has been ranked according to how much “value” they have added to the scores their students were expected to achieve in their GCSE results in 2012.

The added value was determined by the progress students in a school made in their national test results taken first age 11 and then again at 16.

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT, the Secondary School Admission Test organisation, said: “Scalby School should be congratulated for their stunning performance in adding value to their students’ achievements.

“Scalby School is one of the best in country in outperforming expectations for their pupils and improving their future prospects.

“There is plenty that other schools could learn from Scalby School’s success.

“These results are testament to the committment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Scalby School and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person.

“Successful schools like Scalby School understand the value of data, such as these valuable added scores, in helping to ensure all young people perform to the very best of their ability.

“The value added measures show how schools make a difference and raise achievement above expectations.”

The high score has been welcomed by Scalby’s headteacher David Read who has praised the efforts of students, teachers, parents and governors.

He said: “It is always pleasing to receive recognition for our work at Scalby School.

“To receive an award for the value we add to students’ education during their time with us is particularly special.”