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17th Jun, 2021

North Bromsgrove High School defends results amid row over failing to meet Government’s minimum standards

NORTH Bromsgrove High School has been named among 365 schools in the country which are failing to meet the Government’s minimum standards.

According to the Department of Education the school is ‘well below average’ for Progress 8 – a score which shows how much progress pupils made between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4 in eight qualifications, including English and maths.

It also shows the school as being below the local authority and England average for the way pupils performed in eight subjects, including English and maths and with regard to the number of pupils gaining a grade 5 or above in English and maths.

The report did, however, have the school above the local authority and England average when it came to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – when pupils are entered in for qualifications in English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography.

It was above the two averages for both the number of pupils who entered the EBacc and achieved it at a grade 5 or above in English and maths, and at a grade C or above in sciences, a language, and either history or geography.

And the school was at 100 per cent for the number of pupils staying in education or beginning employment – that was higher than the local authority average (95 per cent) and the England average (94).

A statement on North Bromsgrove High School’s website said it was disappointed with recent press coverage regarding the school’s position in the performance table.

It added: “To give context to the examination results from June 2017, the performance tables only tell a limited story about the school, using historical data, which does not reflect the improvements taking place.

“The current data shows an improved and positive picture of progress and achievement across all year groups, which is testament to the hard work of staff and students, and commitment of parents/carers.

“The sixth-form continues to improve.

“The quality of our provision is also exemplified by the range of opportunities, the quality of support and guidance the students receive, and positive outcomes for our young people.”

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