From the Headmaster
League tables remain a controversial topic, annually debated in the press and amongst educationalists. Whilst comprehensive publication of public examination performance is essential for any school, the value of league tables is questionable when so often statistics are not fully inclusive of all data, such as IGCSE. We are currently in a state of flux in the United Kingdom with many new qualifications and grading measures being introduced.
For this reason, as well as others, Prior Park joined a significant and growing number of leading schools across the country, (Eton, Winchester and Sherborne to name just three), who opted out of the tables over the past decade. We are, however, very proud of our results and they are openly available here on our website and in our literature for your perusal.
Every year we accept students with a range of abilities and this is in line with our ethos. We do extremely well, year-on-year, with very able students, mid-ability students as well as those who need support in their learning, and yet this is not reflected in the league tables. We have always advocated a Value Added League Table system with rankings based on the raw predictions of where students start from compared with final outcome achieved.
We are therefore, pleased to confirm that in January 2018, the Department for Education published new league tables which now place a special emphasis on the relative progress pupils make whilst at the school.
The figures reveal how much progress Sixth Form students make between the end of Key Stage 4 and the end of their A Levels. A score of ‘above zero’ means that students made more progress, on average, than students across England who got similar results at the end of Key Stage 4. Prior Park College was graded a score of 0.45 (well above average) based on the 92 pupils who sat at least one A Level in 2017. Approximately 5% of schools or colleges in England are in this top band which highlights the excellent progress pupils make at the College.