Buckinghamshire pupils excel at key stage 4

Via Buckinghamshire County Council, we find congratulations are due to the staff and pupils of Buckinghamshire’s schools:

Figures published yesterday (13 January 2010) on the achievements of pupils
in Buckinghamshire in GCSE examinations and other equivalent qualifications
at the end of Key Stage 4 (KS4) show that results have improved yet again
this year.

The latest Achievement and Attainment Tables published by the Department for
Children, Schools and Families show that Buckinghamshire came top of all
shire authorities in the country for GCSE or equivalent results, with 65.4%
per cent of our pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including
english and mathematics, at the end of KS4 – an increase of 2% when
compared with last year and 14.7% higher than this year’s national average. Our
results are also the highest when compared with those of similar councils
known as our statistical neighbours.

Eight schools in Buckinghamshire were identified as National Challenge
schools in 2007. The majority of these schools have improved their
performance further in 2009 and only two are still below the threshold of
30% of pupils gaining 5+ A*- C passes including english and mathematics

Six of our schools – Aylesbury High,Beaconsfield High, Dr Challoner’s
Grammar, Dr Challoner’s High, Royal Latin and Wycombe High – achieved 100
per cent of their pupils gaining five or more grades A* to C including English
and mathematics.

A number of schools have been particularly successful in supporting their
students to make good progress from entry compared to similar pupils (as
measured by Key Stage 2-4 Contextual Value Added measure) and are in the top
25% of all schools nationally . These schools are: Dr Challoner’s Grammar,
Waddesdon Church of England, Alfriston, Stony Dean and Wendover House.

Furthermore, five of our schools achieved 100% of their pupils making
expected progress in English from KS2 to KS4 (Aylesbury High, Beaconsfield
High, Dr Challoner’s High, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar and Sir William Borlase’s
Grammar) and a further two schools achieved 100% of their pupils making
expected progress in mathematics (Aylesbury Grammar, Dr Challoner’s

Results in the post-16 attainment tables for Buckinghamshire schools and
colleges are also considerably higher than the national averages. Both the
average QCDA point score per exam entry and per candidate for GCE/VCE A/AS
or equivalent examinations in 2009 were the highest when compared with those of
similar councils known as our statistical neighbours and also when compared
with other shire authorities.

Marion Clayton, Cabinet Member for Achievement, Learning and Skills said:
“Once again, Buckinghamshire schools have achieved outstanding examinations
results. This is a well deserved recognition of the excellent education
that all our schools provide and reflects the dedication and professional
commitment of our teaching and school support staff, governors and the
support given by parents and carers. My warmest congratulations go out to
everyone involved.”

Hear! Hear!

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