In the finalised 2019 Secondary Schools League Tables released last week our two mainstream Lytham St Anne’s Schools have fared reasonably well. Despite over half the students leaving Lytham St Anne’s High School and St Bede’s R.C. High School failing to gain a Grade Five or above in both English and Mathematics, they still performed better than the national average.
To continue to raise standards in English and Maths, the Department for Education (DfE) now recognises a Grade Five and above in English or Maths as a ‘strong pass’ in its headline school performance measure for English and Maths attainment; a benchmark comparable with high performing education systems.
Forty six percent of pupils in both Lytham St Anne’s High School and St Bede’s achieved this benchmark level of attainment in both English and Mathematics. This was six percent better than the national average of forty percent. It was also much better than South Shore Academy (3%), Fleetwood High School (15%) and Blackpool’s Aspire Academy (28%).
Progress made by pupils during their five years of learning in the High School is also measured by the DfE. From leaving Year Six in Primary School to leaving Year Eleven in the High School, Lytham St Anne’s High School students matched the national measure of progress – and so was graded average. However, from leaving Primary School to leaving St Bede’s students made below average progress. However, could this lower figure be because of over-optimistic end-of-Key Stage Two assessments from St Bede’s feeder primary schools?
As we approach half term Lytham St Anne’s News wishes all students in our schools good luck in their studies. It will not be too soon until Year Six pupils sit their SATs in Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation (English) and Maths (11th – 14th May, 2020), and have their ability to write assessed. Meanwhile, older students will be thinking about their forthcoming GCSEs and ‘A’ Levels which they sit in May and June 2020.