23rd Sep, 2020

Class act: Redditch and Alcester schools excel in new guide

Ross Crawford 14th Jul, 2020

ST AUGUSTINE’S Catholic High School in Redditch is the best secondary school in Worcestershire, according to the latest Real Schools Guide.

The popular school in Stonepits Lane, which regularly excels in both GCSE and A Level results, describes itself as ‘a close-knit school with a wonderful family feel, where life-long friendships are forged.’

On a national league table it finished with 262 out of a total number of secondary schools counted of 3,181.

Performing even better, and just four miles down the road, were Alcester Academy and Alcester Grammar School.

Alcester Academy, the best mixed and comprehensive school in Warwickshire, was ranked 186 out of 3,181 schools with Alcester Grammar on 220.

Other high performing south Warwickshire Schools were Studley High School, ranked 988 and St Benedict’s Catholic High School on 1,185.

St Augustine’s latest inspection from Ofsted in 2018 scored the school ‘Outstanding.’

Inspectors said: “Pupils make outstanding progress and achieve exceptionally well in examinations by the end of Year 11 and the sixth form.

“The curriculum is exceptionally rich, offering a very wide range of academic and vocational courses and extra-curricular programmes.

“The curriculum is tailored closely to meet pupils’ interests, abilities and aspirations.”

For Alcester Academy Ofsted wrote: “The school is extremely calm and orderly, with pupils exhibiting exemplary behaviour.

“Pupils love their school. They are extremely proud of being part of the school community and feel valued and supported.

“They are genuinely appreciative of the excellent teaching and support and guidance they receive, and the opportunities they are afforded.”

Other schools in the Redditch area also performed well: Woodrush was ranked 890 out of 3,181, Arrow Vale High School ranked 1,689 out of 3,181, Trinity High School was 2,117 out of 3,181 and Tudor Grange Academy finished 2,372 out of 3,181.

The Real Schools Guide for the Birmingham Mail newspaper takes into account 51 different data points including not just GCSE results and Attainment 8 scores but also factors like Progress 8, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates

The measures are put together from the latest publicly-available data and broken into four categories – attainment, progress, attendance, and outcomes.

The guide takes into account factors such as pupils’ progress, the ratio of teachers to pupils and if students go on to further education or into the workforce.

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