Katharine Lady Berkeley's School in Wotton-under-Edge excels in GCSE league tables

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , senior reporter covering Dursley, Cam, Wotton-under-Edge, Sharpness, Slimbridge, Berkeley, Coaley, Uley, North Nibley, Stinchcombe and Cambridge

A WOTTON-under-Edge secondary school has performed well compared to county and national averages.

Katharine Lady Berkeley’s school, on Wotton Road, saw 72 per cent of Year 11 pupils attain five or more GCSE’s at grade C or above in the summer.

This compares favourably to the average UK school which saw only 59.9 per cent set the same standard while Gloucestershire’s average was 62.8 per cent.

While it was a slight dip on the previous academic year’s results for the academy (76 per cent) the percentage of pupils making progress in English and Maths was an impressive 77 and 80 per cent respectively.

Headteacher Andrew Harris said they were happy with the results as they reflected the school but was keen to point out it was not perfect indicator for how a school is doing.

“We are certainly very pleased in the main with the results last summer and they are reflected in the league tables,” he said.

“It is important to realise however that the tables do not cover every side of what a school does. For instance it does not measure the quality of the experience of schools or the behaviour and safety of pupils.

“League tables themselves are open to interpretation. Different schools use different qualifications which are not always comparable, such as some schools have more vocational courses while others concentrate purely on GCSEs.”

“But yes results are very pleasing. We’re very lucky to have an excellent team of teachers we are also very lucky with the students we have. There is a good approach to learning and a lot of hard work goes into what we do here.”

Nearby secondary school Rednock, on Rednock Drive, Dursley, did not fare so well, as only 54 per cent of pupils managed to get five GCSEs at C or above.

The school, which has 1,373 pupils on its register, achieved good results in English with 71 per cent of kids making expected progress but there was a big drop for maths as only 58 per cent are believed to have made their expected progress.

Across all state-funded schools in the country, the proportion of pupils who achieved at least five good GCSEs (including in English and Maths) rose by 0.6 per cent. In sponsored academies, the increase was 3.1 per cent.

Stroud High School was in the top three of schools in the county with 99 per cent of pupils achieving five GCSEs at C or above including Maths and English.

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