Exam results in Greenwich

Over the last few years, Labour’s Greenwich Council has trumpeted great strides forward in terms of education in our schools based on rapidly increasing GCSE results.  However the latest measure published by the new Conservative Minister for Education Michael Gove suggests that this increase is an illusion and educational standards remain very much unchanged.

 

The facts are that in Greenwich the percentage of schools achieving 5 A* to C grades at GCSE (or equivalents) including English and Maths rose from 34% in 2007 to 50.1% in 2010 (last summer).  However, in the latest English Baccalaureate measure only 9.9% of students reached the right measure (the figure for London is 17% and nationally 15.6%). Indeed on a measure similar to the English Baccalaureate, Greenwich schools appear to have made little progress over the last four years, suggesting that improvements may have been based upon choosing easier GCSE courses rather than focusing on what the government feels is a more academic curriculum.

 

Within Greenwich, the English Baccalaureate produced a stark divide between schools with the top Catholic schools St Thomas More and St Ursula’s having more than a quarter of their students completing an academic education but not a single Blackheath Bluecoat’s pupil gaining the 5 relevant GCSEs. 

 

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives Cllr Spencer Drury said “Schools and pupils are led to complete certain sets of qualifications by the government of the day changing the measurements used for league tables.  The previous Labour government tried to mislead the public by allowing a wide range of less substantial qualifications to count as GCSEs and hoping that this would show academic achievement.  Michael Gove’s decision to help schools focus on academic achievement is to be welcomed and I hope will lead to improved education in Greenwich schools.”

 

“The next step must be to free schools from local authority control and I hope that we will see the creation of more academies and free schools in Greenwich which can help students to complete the education they want in a way which suits them.”

 

Key Facts about education in Greenwich

 

  1. Greenwich has the 15th highest funding per head for students at £6966.98, while neighbouring Bexley receives only £5,270.58 (placing it 103rd out of 150 LEAs).
  2. On 5 A* to C at GCSE including English and Maths (no equivalents) Greenwich achieves 49% of pupils placing 130th in the country, while Bexley is 31st with 59.8% of pupils achieving that measure.
  3. The English Baccalaureate measure is based on how many pupils achieve grades A*-C in five core subjects - maths, English, two science qualifications, a foreign language and either history or geography.
  4. In the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) league tables, in 2000, the UK came around fourth in science, seventh in reading and eighth in maths; in 2006 we were around 14th, 17th and 24th respectively.
  5. The League Tables for Greenwich Schools are as follows:

School name

 

GCSE
pupils

Inc Eng
& Maths

All
subj

Engl.
Bacc.

GCSE
points

St Ursula's Convent, SE10 8HN

 

117

80%

91%

25%

492.1

St Thomas More Roman Catholic Comprehensive, SE9 2SU

 

121

79%

87%

26%

539.7

Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls, SE9 5EE

 

191

64%

74%

19%

459.8

Blackheath High†, SE3 7AG

 

65

95%

100%

67.5%

340.5

St Pauls Academy, SE2 9PX

 

158

58%

76%

11%

475.7

Woolwich Polytechnic for Boys, SE28 8AT

 

240

58%

84%

7%

420.5

Plumstead Manor / Negus, SE18 1QF

 

235

53%

83%

7%

523.9

Thomas Tallis, SE3 9PX

 

233

49%

71%

16%

396.6

Crown Woods, SE9 2QN

 

231

45%

69%

5%

428.8

Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England, SE3 8SY

 

128

41%

59%

0%

391.4

Riverston†, SE12 8UF

 

20

40%

80%

20%

404.6

Kidbrooke, SE3 8EP

 

201

40%

54%

8%

387.3

The John Roan, SE3 7UD

 

188

35%

72%

9%

445.3

Colfes†, SE12 8AW

 

105

33%

99%

20%

427.8

The Eltham Foundation, SE9 5EQ

 

218

28%

58%

1%

320.0

Bellerbys College†, SE8 3DE

 

21

0%

0%

0%

78.1

Charlton*, SE7 8HX

 

17

0%

0%

0%

39.6

6.  The similar measure to the English Baccalaureate, gave a broader measure of the humanities than just History or Geography (including Religious Education for instance).  It is possible that a review may well make this broader definition part of the qualification in the future.  In Greenwich the figures were:-

Pupils achieving

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

5+ GCSEs grade A* - C (in all 5)

10.4%

10.7%

10.3%

10.3%

10.8%

 

12.8%

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