RANKINGS for schools across South Gloucestershire have been released.

The statistics which have been released by the Department for Education today rank schools across the country in terms of attainment using the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores.

Attainment 8 ranks pupils by how well they performed in up to eight topics, with a score out of 80.

Topping the table is The Castle School in Thornbury, with a score of 52.1, far exceeding the national average of 44.2 and South Gloucestershire’s average of 43.5.

Also performing highly were Winterbourne International Academy and Bradley Stoke Community School who achieved 49.3 and 48.6.

Also above average were Marlwood School in Alveston (46.1), Brimsham Green School (46.4) and John Cabot Academy (44.9).

Among the schools not to reach the national average were Hanham Woods Academy (36), Digitech Studio School in Warmley (38.3) and Patchway Community College (38.7).

Yate International Academy was another under average school with a score of 40.1.

Progress 8, meanwhile, scores the difference in a pupil’s grade between the end of Key Stage 2 (aged 11) and the end of Key Stage 4 (aged 16) compared to pupils across England who achieved similar results in up to eight subjects at the end of Key Stage 2.

This achieves a score between -1 and 1, which are split in to bands of above average, average, below and well below.

Bradley Stoke Community School (0.17) and The Castle School (0.09) were the only two rated above average in Progress 8, with South Gloucestershire as a whole being rated -0.31.

Winterbourne International Academy interim principal Peter Smart offered praise to staff and students, saying how pleased he was that the attainment of the students continues to be strong.

He said: "The students were clearly focused on the examinations, particularly the new English and Mathematic qualifications.

"Staff at the Academy are committed to enabling the students to achieve their best.  In working together for success we also benefit from a very supportive body of parents and carers."

Cllr Toby Savage, South Gloucestershire Council's cabinet member responsible for schools, said: “We are pleased that a number of South Gloucestershire schools have performed above the national average, such as Bradley Stoke, Brimsham Green, Marlwood, Castle and Winterbourne International Academy.

“We are of course disappointed that these published provisional results for 2017 show that South Gloucestershire has remained below the national average for all the key indicators and not enough schools have made the improvements that are needed.

“As fifteen out of the seventeen schools are academies, we continue to work with the academy trusts, regional schools commissioner and other education partners to turn around this long-standing problem of underperformance and to bring about the improvement that is needed across the district’s secondary schools to give every young person the best possible start in life.”

Full results - School (Attainment 8 / Progress 8)

The Castle School (52.1 / 0.09)

Winterbourne International Academy (49.3 / -0.28)

Bradley Stoke Community School (48.6 / 0.17)

Brimsham Green School (46.4 / -0.06)

Marlwood School (46.1 / -0.46)

John Cabot Academy (44.9 / -0.34)

Downend School (43.7 / -0.14)

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy (41.9 / -0.45)

Chipping Sodbury School (43.5 / -0.19)

King's Oak Academy (43.8 / -0.22)

Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (40.5 / -0.91)

Abbeywood Community School (42.7 / -0.3)

Yate International Academy (40.1 / -0.34)

Mangotsfield School (39.3 / -0.36)

Patchway Community College (38.7 / -0.27)

Digitech Studio School (38.3 / -0.56)

Hanham Woods Academy (36 / -0.88)

South Gloucestershire (43.5 / -0.31)

National (44.2)