As well as being fully committed to the education of the whole child, we fully appreciate the importance of students achieving the best possible outcomes. Students at Crispin have consistently achieved strong examination results. We were particularly delighted that results were markedly above the national and local average in terms of student achievement and progress.
Girls, Boys, Students with High, Mid and Low Prior Attainment, Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium Students, Students with SEN, and those without all made above average progress.
The precise nature of performance in 2017, particularly with regard to student progress, will not become fully clear until January 2018 when all the national results are published.
Additionally, the introduction of Grades 9-1 in English and Mathematics makes it extremely difficult to make direct comparisons with results in previous years.
The DfE provisional school performance data has just been released. There are links to the data on Crispin’s website. These links show Crispin’s performance and there is also a link to comparative Somerset data.
Such information is of use but it also has its limitations. It does give an indication of school performance but it will also reflect historical decisions about curriculum structures which may affect accountability measures. It also reflects what happened to students at a secondary school between 2012-17 rather than what will happen in the future. However, prior performance can sometimes be a good indicator of what will happen in the future; though sometimes it is not.
It is also really important to recognise that many aspects of a school’s life and indeed performance cannot be easily translated into easily measurable data: just because something is not easily quantifiable it does not mean that it is not of vital importance.
There is no doubt that schools faced many challenges in the last couple of years. One of the most difficult was knowing how student performance would translate into the new 9-1 grades in English and Mathematics.
Additionally, care should be taken when analysing this data as it is provisional, for example at Crispin a number of students have seen remarks lift grades. Time will tell how much difference this will make to overall figures.
One of the most heartening aspects of the results appears to be the proportion of Crispin students who gained the crucial new 9-5 grades in English and Mathematics. Our results in this regard are markedly above the national average. The Attainment 8 figure is also well above the national average (this refers to the absolute performance in the Best 8 subjects). The Progress 8 figure is also positive and has been for the last two years. Some of the EBacc figures (particularly proportion of entries) are not so high because of historical decisions about the curriculum.
The results reflect the commitment of students and teachers in the last two years. We would particularly like to praise the efforts of colleagues in English and Mathematics which ensured so many students did very well in these crucial subject areas.
|Progress 8||Achievement 8||Students achieving a 'C' or above in English and Maths|
|Local Authority Average||0.03||50.2||62.8%|
Last Updated: October 2017