Record GCSE results at Kingsley will not be recognised on the National League Tables

Last summer Kingsley celebrated record GCSE results.
Kingsley’s language department achieved the top results with 85% achieving an A* or A in Spanish and 83% achieving an A* or A in French.

The science departments were also celebrating a year of record GCSE results. 78% of our Biology and Chemistry students opened their results envelopes to see an A or A* grade.

Overall, 84% of pupils achieved 5 GCSEs graded A*-C and 30% of all results were graded at A or A*, the highest figure in the last 5 years.

Today the GCSE league tables (Summer 2017 cohort) were officially published and some of the country’s best-known independent schools will plunge to the foot of the league tables on a technicality. [Take a look at Eton College, Ampleforth, Millfield, Harrow, Stowe, Marlborough College, Cheltenham Ladies College, amongst others, on the league tables!]

For the fourth year running, Kingsley School, Bideford, is one of those schools.

As background, at Kingsley School we enter children for examinations that will bring the best possible results for the individuals involved, regardless of the impact it gives us as a school in the league tables.

Last year this meant some Year 11 students took English at the more rigorous International GCSE (IGCSE) level; however, according to the statistics from the Department of Education, their grades did not register in the GCSE league tables at all.

Whether the Government chooses to recognise a qualification that’s applauded by universities and employers alike, schools like Kingsley will continue to choose courses considered best for the individual student.

With so many top performing schools choosing IGCSEs over GCSEs, it is misleading that this measure has been left out of school performance tables once again.

Similarly, Kingsley School teaches children according to their educational need and not to their chronological age. Only children who are aged 16 in the academic year that take their “GCSE’s” are measured in the league tables.

Again, there are children at Kingsley who take some or all of their GCSEs either ‘early’ because they are ahead or ‘late,’ usually because they have had a disrupted education; both sets again do not register in the GCSE league tables at all.

Kingsley’s Headmaster, Mr Pete Last, was delighted with Kingsley’s GCSE 2017 results: “I was so proud to see the students open their GCSE results in the summer. The students deserve enormous credit for two years of consistent hard work to produce such a fine set of results. I was also touched to see the appreciation from our pupils and their families to the staff at Kingsley School, and their reciprocal care and keen interest in all our pupils’ futures. As a mainstream school with a particular specialism for educating pupils with dyslexia, we are really delighted with the results our pupils have obtained. 50% of the year’s cohort had the support of our Learning Development Centre as they prepared for their exams and we are delighted that so many of their results make it crystal clear that there is absolutely no limit to the successes that pupils with dyslexia can achieve.
Here at Kingsley we offer a bespoke education for each student. I know that parents across North Devon would understand that as a School we have a duty to stretch each of our pupils, and it is their individual success, not a Government league table, that I applaud.”