What are the best schools in the area?
By MissSiany | Friday, August 27, 2010, 18:21
It's official: GCSE results in Greenwich are better than they were last
Are you allowed to choose a school based on the shininess of the floors? This one would win.
year. Woohoo! 49.8% of pupils in the area received 5 A*-C grades. That's
up by 6% whereas Lewisham is up by 1% with their total at 48%. It's a
record for the borough, and that's pretty exciting. The official results
for the rest of the UK haven't all been confirmed, so I can't say where
we're at in comparison, but I think the fact that we're up on last year
is a good thing.
The schools that did the best? St Matthew's Academy in Blackheath had
the best improvement. The pass rate jumped from 21% to 44%. That's HUGE!
Well done them. Thomas Tallis had a 99% pass rate. Nearby Colfe School
and Bonus Pastor achieved 100% pass rates. All very impressive grades.
All commendable and every school and pupil should be proud of the grades
and the improvement.
But is that how you judge the local schools?
Sure, it's a pretty good place to start, but is it the be all and end
all? Now, I don't have kids so it's not a choice I have to make. But I'd
much rather send my (hypothetical) kids to a school where they would be
happy. GCSEs are such a pressured time for a kid. I think the schools
where the kids have extra curricular activities, and other opportunities
deserve consideration too. We're lucky that so much is being done to
support the schools in the area, but I do think we put too much emphasis
on the results that come out at the end of the year.
After all, you're in secondary school for four years. GCSEs are what you
lead up to, sure. But let's not forget that the rest of the time should
be enjoyable, and encourage kids as well.
Am I being idealistic? What factors are important to you when you're
thinking about schools in your area? Would you pick based on GCSE
results, or will you take other factors into account?
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