Lafford High: the big GCSE improvers!

SECONDARY schools in the Sleaford area performed well in the 2007 GCSE league tables published on Thursday.

Results for Lincolnshire as a whole were 6.3 per cent above the national average for pupils achieving five or more grades A*-C at GCSE.

Schools now have to meet a target of a minimum of 30 per cent of students achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths.

Although some secondary modern schools in the Sleaford area did not achieve that target, the Lafford High School, Billinghay, with 26 per cent, had its best ever year and was one of only three schools in Lincolnshire to show an improvement of more than 20 per cent between 2006 and 2007.

In the three years since 2004, the Lafford has shown a year on year increase in their five A*-C performance, this year achieving 59 per cent overall, although that figure is reduced to 26 per cent for those results which include English and Maths.

The school achieved the best Contextual Value Added score out of all the Sleaford area schools, including grammar schools, scoring 1025.9 (LA average is 1008.4). CVA marks the progression of each pupil from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4.

It was nor such a good year for Aveland High School, Billingborough, which was ranked the fifth lowest in Lincolnshire and was in the bottom 60 nationally, with only 15 per cent of pupils gaining five or more grades A*-C including English and Maths. However, the school did achieve 31 per cent for five or more grades A*-C in any subjects.

Aveland achieved the lowest CVA score in the Sleaford area with 987.1.

At both Sleaford grammar schools, Carre's and Kesteven and Sleaford High School, 96 per cent of pupils gained five or more A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths, with Kesteven and Sleaford High School achieving 100 per cent figure based on any subjects.