Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Redland Green School Succeeds in Challenging the Brightest Students

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Ofsted have today published a report into the performance of the nation’s “most able children and young people”, titled The most able students. Many parents and other interested individuals will have read in the media the statistics and key findings of the report that suggest that students who achieve high standards at primary school are “underperforming in our non-selective state secondary schools.”

Students that achieved level 5 in English and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 are considered to be “Higher Attaining Pupils” (HAPs). These students are the focus of the recent Ofsted report and are expected to progress to achieve GCSE grade B; achieving an A or A* demonstrates more than expected progress.

The key statistics included in Ofsted’s report are given below, together with the respective data for Redland Green School for the same academic year:

Measure

National Statistic 2012

Redland Green School 2012

Percentage of HAPs achieving A*/A in GCSE mathematics

47%

75%

Percentage of HAPs achieving at least a B grade in GCSE mathematics

78%

99%

Percentage of HAPs achieving A*/A in GCSE English

38%

61%

Percentage of HAPs achieving at least a B grade in GCSE English

75%

89%

 

We are very proud of the efforts and achievements of these students and of the considerable dedication and hard work of the staff that have enabled our students to make such excellent progress. However, this should not overshadow the achievements of all other students at our school. For example, 92% of all students at Level 4 or below on entry to Redland Green School made expected progress or better in mathematics (National Average = 61%); 75% of disadvantaged students at Redland Green School made expected progress or better in English. This is above the national average for all non-disadvantaged students (72%) and significantly above the national average for disadvantaged students (53%).

In his foreword to The most able students, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools writes, “The founding principle of comprehensive education – that all pupils and students should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential – is a noble one. For this principle to be fulfilled, we need to have the highest expectations of the most able children in non-selective schools,”

At Redland Green School, we believe we need to have the highest expectations for the progress of all students, regardless of their ability or prior attainment. It is only by maintaining these expectations for all students that we can genuinely succeed in continuing to provide outstanding comprehensive and inclusive education.

Sarah Baker, Headteacher of Redland Green School was asked by BBC Radio Bristol to give her opinion this morning on this report. You can listen to her on BBC Radio Bristol by clicking here. She was broadcast during the show at around 10.45am.