Slough schools top of the class

Published: 25 January 2019

Slough’s senior schools have shown they are once again top of the class as the national and local league tables are released.

Despite new assessment criteria – including Progress 8 and Attainment 8 – being put in place in 2017, results from across the borough at GCSE put the town’s schools as some of the best in the country.

Across the town, Slough’s pupils are ranked seventeenth in the country for Progress 8 and seventh in the country for Attainment 8 out of 152 local authority areas.

GCSE results grade five and above (formerly A*-C) in English and Maths are also measured with Slough coming eighth in the country with 56.7 percent of pupils gaining the required grade five – 13.4 percentage points above the national average of 43.3 percent.

Even without the results of the borough’s grammar schools taken into account, Slough’s non-selective schools rank above the national average for Progress 8 measures.

Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, lead member for children and education, said: “These results are excellent and show the commitment and excellence of Slough’s schools in not only ensuring pupils gain good grades at GCSE, but also in improving the lives of Slough’s young people by the excellent progression they make and the attainment they achieve.

“The hard work of teachers, support staff and, of course, the pupils themselves cannot be underestimated and these results are testament to that.”

Slough’s pupils have also done well at A-level with 13.7 percent of 16 to 18 year olds taking the tests last year achieving AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects – exactly in line with the national average.

A-level facilitating subjects are biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, geography, history, English literature, modern and classical languages.

There were 1,678 pupils at the end of key stage 4 (GCSEs) last year, 1,116 of which are from non-selective schools.

There were 1,072 pupils at the end of key stage 5 (A-levels).

Progress 8 is a new measurement which measures how well schools are providing for their pupils by looking at where they start from and where they end up.

It does this by looking at attainment in eight GCSE, or equivalent, subjects from grade A*-G for each pupil.

These results are then compared against the results of other pupils who came into secondary schools nationally with the same attainment levels.

Attainment 8, also a new measurement, is about the raw results across individual pupils' best eight subjects.

English and maths are compulsory and then there is the choice of three subjects from the English Baccalaureate (core academic subjects), and any other three from the Department for Education's approved list of qualifications – including vocational qualifications.