4 of 5 Tamworth High Schools performing below average

Saturday, 26th January 2019

FIGURES released by the Department for Education have placed four of the five High Schools in Tamworth in the ‘below average’ category.

The latest figures were released by the Department for Education this week and track how well pupils aged 11 to 16 are performing in Britain’s schools.

The first figures Tamworth Informed have looked at are the ‘Attainment 8’ scores (we look at ‘Progress 8 later in the article). Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

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The schools are then given an average point per pupil, with the average score for England being 44.5 (46.5 for state-funded schools) and 44.6 for Staffordshire.

One Tamworth School, The Rawlett School, which is an AET academy, scored above average with an attainment 8 score of 48.9.  The worst performing school was Tamworth Enterprise College (Formerly Belgrave High) which is also an AET Academy and scored just 37.6.

The Wilnecote School scored 43.3, Landau Forte Academy Amington scored 40.8 and Landau Forte Academy QEMS scored 41.

The second set of figures we have looked at are the ‘Progress 8’ scores. This score shows how much progress pupils at this school made between the end of key stage 2 (Primary School/year 6) and the end of key stage 4 (High School/year 11), compared to pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

GCSE results also paint a similar picture of Tamworth schools, with only one school achieving higher than the England average for pupils achieving Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs.

The England average is that 43.30% of students achieve a grade 5 or above. At The Rawlett School, 45% of pupils achieved this, slightly above the England average. Again, Tamworth Enterprise College was the worst performing in Tamworth, with just 15% of pupils achieving this.

The Wilnecote School scored 37%, Landau Forte Academy Amington scored 24% and Landau Forte Academy QEMS scored 23%.

Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high-grade C or low-grade B in the old grading.

Neighbouring Schools

In neighbouring North Warwickshire, the Queen Elizabeth Academy in Atherstone achieved an Attainment 8 score of 49.5 with 50% of pupils achieving Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs

The Polesworth School achieved an Attainment 8 score of 47.3 with 47% of pupils achieving Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs.

Kingsbury School achieved an Attainment 8 score of 45.6 with 39% of pupils achieving Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs.

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College in Walsall, which a number of Catholic students from Tamworth attend achieved an Attainment 8 score of 50.4 with 46% of pupils achieving Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs.