KHS Progress Statement
Kesgrave High School strives to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for every student. We have always held fast to the belief that we should do what is right for the students and not just what appears good to satisfy the national league tables. The new measures of success at GCSE now includes a ‘Progress Score’.This comprises of 8 subjects:
- 3 EBACC subjects from Triple Science, Core and Additional Science, History, Geography, MFL and Computing
- Plus 3 other subjects from an ‘approved’ list.
In 2014 the Government announced that Applied Science would no longer count in this new measure. A large number of our Year 9 students at the time were studying this course and progressing well with it. We took the moral decision to offer the students and parents the opportunity to continue this course rather than disrupt their curriculum and force them to move onto another science course just to make our results look good in the league tables. We stand by that decision and our Governing Body fully support us.
We decided to reform our curriculum to ensure that it meets the progress 8 criteria going forwards and still remain broad, balanced and relevant. We did this in a thorough and measured way, with full consultation with students, staff, parents and governors. The outcome is an excellent curriculum that continues to serve our students well and prepare them fully for their next steps beyond Year 11. Our current Year 10 are following this new curriculum.
As a result of this, our Year 11 students who left in 2016 and those due to complete Year 11 in 2017 will inevitably gain a negative score overall on the Government’s new measure of Progress 8. This does not reflect the reality of their success and achievement at Kesgrave High School.
We make no apology for this; we believe we have done the right thing for our students.
Our published 2016 Progress 8 measure was -0.12 which was the National average, but students who followed specific subjects which all counted towards Progress 8 gained a score of +0.26. This is significantly above National expectations, in addition our disadvantaged students gained above National Progress with a score of +0.12.
We are never complacent though and always strive to enable our students to achieve the very best they can. The progress of all students in every year group is meticulously tracked with appropriate interventions put into place if any need support. We are very proud of our track record at GCSE and A Level and the achievements of our students.DFE Performance Tables Link