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Put figures right, Dorset school urges
6:00pm Saturday 2nd February 2013 in News
AN INDEPENDENT school in Dorset has asked the government’s education department to correct data in its performance tables.
Staff and pupils at Leweston School said they were ‘disappointed’ to discover that the Department for Education performance tables contained ‘significant’ errors in its data on the Sherborne school.
Headmaster Adrian Aylward said: “100 per cent of our pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE and 95 per cent of them did so, including maths and English.
“In the tables the figure is erroneously given as 78 per cent. The tables at A-level are also incorrect, as 92 per cent of our pupils achieved three or more A-levels or equivalent qualifications (Cambridge Pre-U). “In addition the Cambridge Pre–U results achieved by our girls are excluded from the calculation used for the percentage of AAB grades obtained in the ‘facilitating subjects’ subjects which are listed by the Russell Group as the best preparation for the most academic university courses.
“This fatally undermines the data.
“We have asked the Department for Education to correct our data.”
Mr Aylward said this year Leweston has achieved its third set of record GCSE results in four years, in addition to a set of ‘outstanding’ A-level results.
He said that pupils have just received a record number of Oxbridge offers.
My Aylward added that Leweston School is ranked in the top five per cent of schools nationally for value added by the Durham University Centre for Education.