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Oasis Brightstowe best in area, according to new stats

Joe Docherty, Principal at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, reveals the school is going from strength to strength

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 01, 2017 | School life

This summer’s GCSEs saw over a quarter of students achieve a 5 or above in the new exam grading system for English, English Literature and Maths.

And in terms of individual subjects, 70 per cent of students achieved a C or above in History, with 32 per cent getting an A* or A. In French those figures were 79 per cent and 21 per cent, and for PE, 84 and 20 per cent respectively. 

Meanwhile once again a number of our high attainers secured seven or more A*s and As in their GCSEs. But what about students who may have started out from a lower baseline in terms of their SATs, but who then went on to perform to a higher standard in their GCSEs?

The government’s value added Progress 8 measure seeks to answer this question by highlighting whether a school has helped ALL of its pupils to achieve – and for the second year running, the recently published tables show that Oasis Academy Brightstowe is outperforming other local schools in this area.

A Progress 8 score of 0 means that students have made expected progress from primary school across eight subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography or a Foreign Language, and any three other high quality qualifications. A positive score means he or she has made better than expected progress.

The Department for Education (DfE) expects all schools to score at least -0.5 in terms of their mean average figure for all pupils at Progress 8.

So how does our academy perform?

The students who took their GCSEs at Oasis Academy Brightstowe last summer secured an average Progress 8 score of -0.17, which makes us the best performing school in this area.

This echoes what I told visitors at our recent open evening – that no matter where their starting point is, your child will do well at Oasis Academy Brightstowe.

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