The West Bridgford School is the best performing non-selective, non-funded
The 2017 provisional school performance tables have now been published and once again the West Bridgford area has reason to celebrate its standing in these tables. The West Bridgford School has particular reason to celebrate.
The school’s GCSE ‘Attainment 8’ score, that is to say the achievements of its students in their best 8 subjects, is ‘60 points’. The percentage of students achieving a grade 5 (previously a grade B) or above in English and maths is 77% and grade 4 (previously a grade C) is 92%. This attainment makes West Bridgford School the highest performing, non-selective, state funded school in the whole of the East Midlands.
This accolade has been achieved several times before but to achieve this with the new school measures is particularly pleasing for the school. Indeed, the school even outperforms many selective grammar schools.
Another key measure is the new ‘Progress 8’ score. West Bridgford scored a ‘P8’ measure of +0.57 which is described in the league tables as ‘well above average’.
This level of progress, the grade value the school adds to the children, above their expected outcomes, is the reason why it has achieved so highly. This figure indicates that West Bridgford School has added more than half a GCSE grade to every child’s exam entry on top of the grade the children are expected to get.
This is difficult for the school given that the children’s starting points are comparatively high. Yet, the performance tables show the progress figure is better than any comparable schools with similar starting points.
School Principal Robert McDonough says ‘I hope that parents are proud of their local school because I feel you have good cause to be. The West Bridgford School achieves well because it has fabulous children who aspire to be successful, supportive parents who engage fully with us and trust us, and outstanding well qualified staff who seek to do the very best for the children in their charge.
‘It is this potent combination which lies behind our success. As the Principal of the school I am rightly proud to serve such an outstanding school and I wish to put on record my thanks to parents for your continued confidence in us. You trust us to educate your child in the manner we think is best and I do hope you feel we repay this trust with our sustained year on year examination achievements’.