Heads Blog #20. Fabulous results

Progress 8 - +0.33 Above Average

Headteacher’s blog

#20 October 2019

Dear all

Sorry, we are well into the new academic year before I manage to write. What can I say, it’s been busy. (It really has.

We have a fabulous new incredibly big Year 7 cohort this year. 230 students. To put this in context, there are only 150 in Year 11. This is great but it has brought on some challenges. This year we therefore decided to split break and lunch. To allow everyone the space to sit down and have a proper break. That means now that Years 7 & 8 come down to break and lunch whilst the rest of the school is in lessons. This makes for a much more pleasant experience for all involved. For the staff it does bring on some challenges around duties and management of students. However, as the school continues to grow this is something we’ll need to keep looking at and tweaking. We have just employed two parents as lunch/break supervisors, which should help.

Our 2019 KS4 results are considered “Above Average.” This is so fabulous and is a real recognition of the hardwork of all the students and staff. Below, to put that in context, I’ve highlighted the details from the DFE performance tables, so you can see how they compare to other schools.

We couldn’t be more pleased

School

Progress 8 score

Descriptor

Entering Ebacc

Staying in Education

5+ in Ma & En

Attainment 8 Score

EBACC av pt score

Watford Grammar School for Girls

0.97

Well Above Average

74.9%

96%%

89.4%%

70.8

6.63

Parmiters School

0.54

Well Above Average

74.1%

98%

83%

65.3

6.22

Watford Grammar School for Boys

0.52

Well Above Average

97.9%

98%

83.2%%

66.2

6.53

St Clement Danes

0.48

Above Average

34.0%

99%%

70.3%%

60.8

5.3

St Joan of Arc Catholic School, Rickmansworth

0.42

Above Average

60.9%

97%

62%

55.4

5.04

Queens School, Bushey

0.4

Above Average

42.6%

98%

71%

58.9

5.28

Rickmansworth School

0.38

Above Average

62.7%

98%%

72%

58.5

5.35

Westfield

0.33

Above Average

72.5%

94%

37%

46.7

4.16

The Hemel Hempstead school

0.08

Average

46.6%

97%

57%

52

4.7

St Michael's Catholic School, Garston.

0.06

Average

17.8%

98%

41%

49.4

4.19

JFK Catholic School, Hemel

0.06

Average

20.7%

96%

50%

50.8

4.31

Kings Langley School

-0.05

Average

31.0%

97%

49%

48.8

4.19

Astley Cooper School Hemel

-0.3

Average

10.8%

93%

31%

41.2

3.34

Bushey Meads

-0.31

Below Average

7.2%

98%

58%

49.6

4.08

Longdean School, Hemel

-0.39

Below Average

50.8%

95%

36%

43.6

3.79

Adeyfield School, Hemel

-0.42

Below Average

2.3

n/a

17%

34.1

2.6

Francis Coombe

-0.51

Well Below Average

44.3%

95%

25%

37.4

3.17

The Cavendish School, Hemel

-0.51

Well Below Average

12.4%

94%

27%

39.9

3.34

Hertswood

-0.52

Well Below Average

48.6

91

29.1

38.6

3.3

The Harefield Academy

-0.61

Well Below Average

61.0%

90%

44%

43.5

4

The Bushey Academy

-0.64

Well Below Average

61.9%

92%

33%

38.9

3.51

The Watford UTC

-0.77

UTC

0.0%

85%

23%

35.1

2.6