Facts and figures 2017
The 2017 results ‘maintained our position as one of the leading comprehensive school Sixth Forms in England’. In fact over the last three years our students have made progress that put us amongst the best Sixth Forms in England. Our results this year have maintained the excellent standards of 2016. The table records that across our full ability intake in 2017, 40% of our students achieved AH or A grades, compared with a national figure of 26%. In 2017, 93% of our students achieved AH - C, which was our best result ever. We were particularly pleased to see that our reformed (linear) results at 43% AH/A contrasted favourably with the trend of lower achievements in these subjects. For more detailed subject results please see the SWCHS web site.
The ‘raw’ examination grades on page 70 tell us what students have achieved, but they do not show what progress students have made in their post-16 studies. For example, students who achieved identical A-Level results might have started from very different GCSE results – in effect, one student has made more progress than the other. Measures are available to show the progress made by students in relation to their GCSE achievement – an approach known as ‘valued-added’. This is probably a better measure of Sixth Form success than the raw examination statistics. Looking at the results over the last three years for our students using the independent ALPS system and comparing them with all the sixth forms in England, our students have made progress which ranks us as amongst the best in England.
The A-Level Performance System (ALPS) measures the relative ‘value added’ performance of schools and colleges, and is recognised as ‘best practice’ by OFSTED. The 2017 results (measured against the full national dataset of 2,890 providers and 272,009 students) gave SWCHS a Grade 2. This means that SWCHS Sixth Form continues to be in the top 5% of providers, a record maintained over the last 5 years.
‘A Sixth Form that is exemplary in every respect’ Ofsted report
From their report …
The effectiveness and efficiency of this inclusive Sixth Form are outstanding.
Standards are well above average and achievement is consistently high. This is because the environment for learning is extremely positive and much excellent teaching promotes rapid progress. Because students are keen to learn, they very quickly acquire the independent learning and other skills they need to be successful.
Outstanding leadership and management ensure that students’ progress is closely monitored and wellfocussed support provided where necessary. Students speak highly of the excellent care and guidance they receive both before entering and while in their Sixth Form. This guidance, together with a curriculum that is well matched to their needs and aspirations, helps to ensure that students are well suited to their courses, with the result that few drop out early. Students’ personal development is outstanding. They enjoy and appreciate their education, and make significant contribution to the school and wider community. As one student said, ‘We are encouraged to be well-rounded individuals and not just academically successful’.