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Education

Pupils Achieve Beyond Expectations

Pupils at Sibford School near Banbury are performing better than predicted across more than 10 subject areas


“As a non selective school we take pupils of all abilities, and to be able to demonstrate that we are adding this value to their education is excellent news”

Figures calculated by the CEM Centre at Durham University show that Sibford students achieved results that were ‘statistically significant’ better than predicted.

Sibford Head, Michael Goodwin, said: “What this means in layman’s terms is that, on average, students who took GCSEs in these subjects achieved at least half a grade higher than their measured potential predicted. So, for example, a student predicted to gain a mid A grade will, on average, have gained an A* grade.

“As a non selective school we take pupils of all abilities, and to be able to demonstrate that we are adding this value to their education is excellent news.”

Year 9 children from schools across the country undergo a test that measures developed ability and provides a benchmark of potential. These baselines are then used by Durham University to measure how well pupils have done.

Michael Goodwin explained: “For an improvement to be regarded as ‘statistically significant’ the child’s results are generally at least half a grade higher than this test would have predicted. I am absolutely delighted that in the majority of our ‘statistically significant’ results, all are higher than half a grade … with some nearer to a whole grade higher.”

 

Top Image - Sibford students studying science subjects achieved better grades than predicted