The league table of exam results for the last academic year have just been released - and our interactive tool will help you to work out exactly how well your local schools have performed. Our education correspondent EMMA McKINNEY has picked out the best-performing schools across the Midlands and reveals the story behind the figures.
Of the eight schools that form the city’s King Edwards VI group, five have topped the league tables for exam results for the last academic year.
Two of its free grammar schools - King Edwards VI Camp Hill for Girls in Kings Heath and King Edwards VI Five Ways School in Bartley Green - were placed in the top 10 schools for GCSE results in the whole of England.
While two more of its free grammar schools - King Edwards VI Camp Hill School for Boys and King Edwards VI Handsworth School for Girls- came in the top 10 performing schools in England for their A Level results. And its independent fee paying school, King Edwards VI High School for Girls in Edgbaston, was ranked as the fourth best in England for A Level results.
Elisabeth Wager, headteacher at King Edwards VI Handsworth School for Girls, said: “It is a great testament to all of our students, teachers and support staff that we have achieved such excellent results.
“I’m absolutely delighted that the girls have been rewarded for all of their hard work during their studies and wish to thank all of the teachers and parents whose support and endeavour has helped them to achieve these excellent results. I’m very proud of them all.”
The statistics, released by the Department for Education, show that pupils at schools across the Midlands were celebrating when they received their exam results last summer - with six Birmingham schools seeing 100 per cent of their students achieving at least five GCSEs with grades A*-C.
As well as the King Edwards VI schools, other top performing schools in Birmingham for their GCSEs included Edgbaston High School for Girls and Al-Furqan Community College in Tyseley.
Both schools, which charge thousands of pounds a term for fees, also saw all of their Year 11 pupils achieve at least five GCSEs grades A* to C.
The latest ratings also included the results of the English Baccalaureate - a new performance indicator which measures the percentage of students in a school who achieve five or more GCSE A*-C grades in English, mathematics, two sciences, a foreign language and history or geography.
The performance indicator - which is not a qualification - was introduced in a bid to combat the perceived “dumbing down” of GCSEs and fall in the number of students studying foreign languages and sciences.
In terms of the best-performing school in Birmingham for GCSEs it was tight at the top. King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls just edged ahead based on performance in the English Baccalaureate, with 96 per cent of pupils gaining A* to C grades across the range of traditional academic subjects.
However, based on the average points score per pupil, King Edward VI Five Ways School - where 95 per cent achieved the requirements under the English Baccalaureate indicator - was ahead, with pupils scoring 685.5 points on average. This mark is the equivalent of 11 GCSEs at A*.
The floor measure includes ensuring 40 per cent of pupils get at least five GCSEs at A* to C - including English and Maths - and pupils must also make expected levels of progress.
Park View School the Academy of Mathematics and Science saw 65 per cent of pupils achieve five GCSEs at A* to C including English and Maths, while it was 43 per cent at Golden Hillock School and 42 per cent at Saltley School and Specialist Science College.
When it came to A Levels, King Edwards VI schools took the top four places in the top 10 in the Midlands - King Edward VI High School for Girls came first, followed by King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, then King Edward VI Handsworth School and King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls in fourth place.
Meanwhile, scores of England’s top private secondaries expect to be at the bottom of the school league tables, after International GCSEs were not included in the rankings.
The IGCSE is sat by candidates overseas, but has also long been favoured by many private schools and some leading state schools in England as a more rigorous assessment.
Richard Harman, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents many leading independent schools, said the decision to drop IGCSEs made a “nonsense” of the league tables.
“Several of the UK’s most highly-performing independent schools and others offering this excellent qualification will now appear to be bottom of the class in the government’s rankings.
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