“This is an exciting year for Stratton" commented Headteacher Rob Watson. “We are part of a national pilot that is trialling the new government measure for Key Stage 4 progress which will be used across all schools from 2016 and replaces the current benchmark of 5 GCSEs including English and Maths.”
“The new system sets out to do two things” explained Mr Watson, “Firstly, it ensures all students follow a broad curriculum because it is based on 8 exam grades not 5 so it is much more challenging. The grades must include English and Maths and at least 3 other qualifications drawn from traditional academic subjects. Secondly, it provides schools, parents and students with a single measurement, typically between -0.5 and +0.5, which provides an accurate assessment of how well students are performing compared to similar schools nationally. A figure of 0.0 represents a school where students have progressed in line with expectations. At Stratton we are delighted that our first "progress 8" (as it is known) figure is +0.29. As this is the very first time the measure has been used the figure is still provisional but we can be confident that our students have performed significantly better than would be the case if they attended similar schools elsewhere.”
Head of Year, Sarah Vincent was proud of her year group's achievements: "For a number of years Stratton has particularly excelled in making sure the most able students reach their potential. This year our top 10 performers, Eleanor Catherall, Robert Davie, Emma Green, Sian Harris, Peter Hessey, Ross McKenzie, Aimee Manning, Ian Mansion, Joe Rumble and Briony Whitfield have achieved an amazing 39 A*s, 36 A s and 13 B grades between them!"
Sarah Phillips, Head of Sixth Form, was on hand to offer advice to students regarding post 16 options at Stratton. “ Last week we had 3 students, Andrew Catherall, Georgia Humphries and Emily Snow who each achieved 2 A*s and an A grade in the most challenging A level subjects, these Year 11 students have every potential of matching and even exceeding that benchmark. We’re looking forward to welcoming them into our Sixth Form in 2 weeks’ time."