How have West Dorset’s schools fared in GCSEs? Who came top of the class?


The performances of the West Dorset’s schools in exams taken this summer have been revealed in the provisional results released by the Department for Education.

After major changes were made in the way exams are assessed, schools have been ranked using the Attainment 8 grading system. This is the second year this system has been used to rank schools. In 2017, when grades A*-G were substituted for grades 1-9, GCSE qualifications changed with grade 9 being the highest. Across eight subjects, including English and Mathematics, attainment 8 is an average score.

The average attainment score across all state-funded schools in Dorset in 2018 was 47.3–a higher point than the national average at 46.4.

With an attainment 8 score of 54.8, Lyme Regis’ Woodroffe School took the top position, while the Sir John Colfox Academy and Beaminster School scored 46 and 45.1 respectively.

The new performance measures, designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum and reward schools for teaching their pupils by measuring the performance of pupils across eight qualifications–a system known as progress 8. Additional points are awarded in the performance tables with every increase in grade achieved by a pupil.

The pupils’ progress between the end of Key Stage 2 and that of Key Stage 4 are shown in the Progress 8 score. With a national average of 0, Woodroffe School had an above average score of 0.34, being the most likely to exceed expectations. Beamster School and Colfox had average Progress 8 scores of -0.04 and -0.07 respectively.

Head teachers of the three schools will comment in January when the revised scores are released.



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