KGGS Leads the Way for GCSE Value-Added in 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Following the publication of the Government’s provisional school performance tables last week I am delighted to be able to report that with a Progress 8 score of 0.66 Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School was the most successful of all Lincolnshire secondary schools in terms of value added from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 in 2017.

The Progress 8 statistic uses 8 GCSE scores for each and every one of the students in Year 11, and compares their performance with all those students in the country who had the same starting point upon entry to secondary education, judged by their Key Stage 2 results. In this way it is considered a fair measure of the effectiveness of a secondary school. A score of 0.66 means that on average at KGGS each Year 11 student achieved two thirds of a grade higher than expected across their GCSE subjects. It is testament to the outstanding efforts of the students and the amazing support and direction they received from their teachers, support staff, and parents. On the national stage this result places KGGS in the top 7% of all schools in terms of progress.

I am extremely proud of the students’ achievements and particularly so at a time when there is much talk of our nurturing the resilience of young people. The Year 11 students at KGGS remained immensely busy and focused on their studies last year, whilst also supporting each other through good times and bad. A special mention should go to the school’s Pastoral Team who are so often the unsung heroes for many of our individual students.

In terms of the county picture it is interesting, and encouraging for local people, to note that out of the 55 secondary schools in Lincolnshire, 4 of the top 7 Progress 8 scores are for Grantham schools this year.

David Scott