Latest league tables reveal how schools compare at GCSE and A-levels

Students at Kesteven and Sleaford High School with some of the awards handed out at their recent senior prizegiving event. EMN-160121-154207001
Students at Kesteven and Sleaford High School with some of the awards handed out at their recent senior prizegiving event. EMN-160121-154207001

The latest round of league tables have been revealed comparing how schools in the county fared in 2015’s GCSE and A level results.

Kesteven and Sleaford High School came in the top eight schools in the county for GCSE results, listing 97 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A8 to C grades including maths and English.

This is an improvement on the previous three years.

Carre’s Grammar School was close behind with 96 per cent of its GCSE students reaching five or more GCSEs at the required A*-C grades.

Sir William Robertson Academy at Welbourn also did well, with 55 per cent of pupils achieving at least five A*-C grades, while St George’s Academy in Sleaford saw 53 per cent reach the standard.

Kesteven and Sleaford High School also excelled at A-level, with 99 per cent of the year group achieving at least three A*-E grades, putting them in the top seven schools and joint third in the county.

Carre’s Grammar School achieved 90 per cent, Sir William Robertson Academy got 76 per cent and St George’s Academy had 59 per cent.

Josephine Smith, headteacher at Kesteven and Sleaford High School said they were delighted, although they knew it would be good news as they were aware of the data from results day back in August.

She said: “It was a really, really strong year group at year 11 last year and they excelled themselves.

“We are pleased students have done well across the board in a range of subjects which means that they can choose whatever they want to do in the future - study, go on to university, apprenticeships. Whichever route they choose that is their ticket to success.”

She added: “We are really pleased with the A-level results too. They continue a pattern of success for students at the school.

“The league tables show that all students that join the school, albeit a selective school, all students make good progress, not just a particular group. The school only does well if all the students are doing well.”

Mrs Smith added that the school was not just interested in attainment, it was about the amount of progress which she saw as being above expectations.

Since becoming part of the multi-academy trust with Carre’s in September she said they had been sharing data on success levels much more openly for the schools to put strategies in place to produce coinsistent results. “As two really high performing schools working together we can really celebrate those successes.”

Nick Law, Executive Headteacher at Carre’s Grammar School, said the results are a testament to the hard work and motivation of the students, supported by teachers and parents. He said: “There has been much talk in the media about the volatility and decline of examination results, so we were delighted that the efforts of our students, staff and the support of parents were rewarded by such outstanding results that placed us high in the league tables.”

He added: “There is always a story behind the headlines and league tables do not really demonstrate the holistic nature of schools, or their ethos, but they are an indicator of where a school is at any given time and should not drive school behaviour. We pride ourselves on teaching beyond the exam requirements at GCSE and A level, and on not ‘spoon feeding’ our students, while also enabling them to engage in a very busy programme of enrichment activities, which see Carre’s students moving on to the next level, be it to do A levels, BTEC diplomas, college courses, University, apprenticeships or employment.”

Mr Law said: “Some individuals overcame considerable challenges to achieve their results and we are very proud of each and every one of them.”