STUDENTS at Old Leake’s Giles Academy have been making one of the best rates of progress in the whole country, according to league tables published last week.
The school (pictured) received a higher ‘value added’ score than all other schools in Boston and most in Lincolnshire in the annual school and college performance tables, showing that students have made a great deal of progress from joining the school in year seven to finishing compulsory education in year 11.
In fact, the figure – 1043.1 – puts the school 53rd of all schools in England and well within the top one per cent of scores.
Ian Widdows, deputy head teacher at the academy, told The Standard: “We’re absolutely delighted about it. It’s a record for us.
“Value added has always been a focus here as it takes into account what they have achieved since they arrived.”
Giles’ great score put them at second place in Lincolnshire for value added, as they were beaten only by Skegness Academy.
Boston Grammar School achieved a score of 998.1, the High School achieved 1005.7 and Haven High Technology College attained 1020.4. Middlecott School got 990.5 and The Thomas Cowley High School achieved 988.1.
The value added score takes into account levels of attainment throughout a child’s school career, demonstrating their improvement from where they started rather than just the scores they achieve in their exams.
Mr Widdows said: “This translates as, on average, each student leaving year 11 gaining very nearly one full grade higher than expected in every one of their best eight results.
“I think we can all have confidence that we are doing a really good job for all the students at the school. Nobody is being left behind.”
The table, which is published by the Department for Education, also showed the percentage of students who achieved five A* to C GCSEs or equivalent at schools in the area.
Boston High School was top in this area with 97 per cent, closely followed by the town’s Grammar School. Giles Academy achieved 56 per cent – a five per cent boost on last year.
THESE figures show the levels achieved at secondary schools in the Boston area:
Boston Grammar School - 96 per cent A* to C GCSEs, 998.1 value added.
Boston High School - 97 per cent A* to C GCSEs, 1005.7 value added.
Giles Academy, Old Leake - 56 per cent A* to C GCSEs, 1043.1 value added.
Haven High Technology College, Boston - 53 per cent A* to C GCSEs, 1020.4 value added.
Middlecott School, Kirton - 40 per cent A* to C GCSEs, 990.5 value added.
The Thomas Cowley High School, Donington - 54 per cent A* to C GCSEs, 988.1 value added.
l Lincolnshire is now ranked 32rd of 152 local education authorities by the Department of Education. That places the county in the top 25 per cent in the UK.
l Across the county, 84 per cent of students achieved five A* to C GCSEs . That’s five per cent more than the average.