Thoughts from the Headteacher’s office

The Accountability of Secondary Schools

During 15 years as a headteacher at Woodcote High School, I have seen several accountability and bench-marking measures come and go from the DfE. 5 A* – C, 5 A* – C including English and Maths, Value Added, Contextual Value Added, EBACC and now Attainment 8 and Progress 8.

It is always a tense time when the league tables are unveiled with a new measure. Although we move heaven and earth to ensure our students achieve as highly as possible, there is often an element of the unknown.

It is always a delight when we find out that our efforts have been rewarded, both for our students whose life chances are enhanced and for the hard working teachers and TAs who in turn are accountable for their results.

Attainment 8 and Progress 8 are now in their second year and we are delighted that we have maintained our position with a green rating for Progress 8 and an Attainment 8 well above the national and LEA average. It is all the more satisfying to do this in the first year of much harder reformed GCSEs in English and Maths. The Progress 8 score shows that on average all of our students achieved a quarter of a grade higher than similar students nationally in each of eight key GCSE subjects. Our EBACC score shows that we do this through a broad and balanced curriculum that sets our students up for further study.

Our students played a blinder this year. It’s up to us now to maintain this position. Mr Southworth is pictured with some of the 2018 GCSE students who have every intention of beating this record.

See our results on the DfE Performance Tables.