Staff and students at Casterton College Rutland were celebrating this week as provisional 2016 GCSE results placed them in the top 1% of secondary schools in the East Midlands.
The government’s new headline measure, known as progress 8, rates schools according to the progress made by the students across 8 subjects including English and Maths and the English Baccalaureate subjects. This is seen as fairer because it takes account of the ability of students when they start at the school.
Out of 419 secondary schools across the East Midlands, Casterton finished 7th with a progress score of 0.41, placing it in the top 1.6%. Other Rutland and Stamford schools also did well with Stamford Welland Academy and Catmose College scoring 0.34.
A delighted Principal, Carl Smith said “we knew we’d done well but we didn’t realise we were in the top 1% and we are absolutely delighted. Our higher ability children actually achieved score of 0.50 which is higher than many selective grammar schools and proves that the best comprehensive schools are a match for anyone. It’s great for Stamford and Rutland parents to know they have such great schools in their doorstep without the need to travel further afield”