Official reports on St. Edmund’s Girls’ School:
Ofsted Inspection February 2018
St Edmund’s was inspected by Ofsted on 6th February 2018. This was a one day Section 8 inspection which is a standard process for all schools who were judged to be ‘good’ at their last inspection.The Section 8 inspection came approximately three years after our last inspection in March 2015.
St Edmund’s is a school where we constantly seek to improve outcomes for students and we are pleased that the inspection team recognised the excellent work that we continue to do to. The letter praises the school leadership team for having “clarity of vision and a relentless drive to raise standards”. The inspector has taken the time to comment positively about the Christian ethos and inclusive nature of the school and most importantly, highlights that the safeguarding of students is “strong”. The letter praises the positive impact of the additional focus we have had on the progress of disadvantaged students(those who receive the pupil premium grant), students with special educational needs and also, the most able students.
The full report which is the form of a letter addressed to the Headteacher can be found here:
A SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection in March 2016 judged that the school continues to be OUTSTANDING.
St Edmund’s was last inspected by Ofsted in March 2015 when the school was judged to be GOOD. OFSTED 2015
A subject inspection for PE in March 2012 judged the department as OUTSTANDING. OFSTED PE Inspection 2012
Ofsted inspection teams are always keen to collect the views of parents and the mechanism for this is via Parent View. If you are able to spare a few minutes to log onto Parent view at http://www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ it would be very helpful to have your views recorded. It also means
DfE Performance Tables
Please follow this link: http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=137827
School League Tables: The St Edmund’s Attainment 8 and Progress 8 Score
Many of you will have heard about the new way in which the government measure a school’s success: the Progress 8 score. You may also have seen in the school league tables or the press that the St Edmund’s Progress 8 score looks very low. Let me reassure you that there is a very specific reason for this and that students at St Edmund’s last year actually made better than average progress.
To calculate the Progress 8 score, an average grade of all of the Year 11 students’ GCSE results is calculated (Attainment 8 Score) and compared with an expected average grade – this is based on what those students achieved in Year 6 at primary school (Key Stage 2 SAT results).
However, students at St Edmund’s sit their English Language GCSE a year early (at the end of Year 10) and in 2017, the government didn’t include these English Language GCSE results in the Progress 8 calculation because it was the old-style GCSE exam(A*-U grades).
In the Progress 8 calculation, because English is such an important subject, the English grade (along with Maths) is worth double the score that other subjects are. Therefore, by not including the English Language results, our ‘official’ Progress 8 score was hugely affected.
We did our own calculations though and, if the English Language grades had been included, the St Edmund’s Progress 8 score would have been a positive score of around +0.1. This shows that students at St Edmund’s made better progress than was expected of them, based on their Key Stage 2 achievement.
To summarise, if your daughter attends St Edmund’s, she will achieve better GCSE grades here than she would at the majority of secondary schools across both the county and nationally.
The decision for students to sit English Language a year early in Year 10 was made because we believe it is what is right for students and what will give them the very best chance of the very best grades. Every decision that we make is rooted in what is best for the girls at St Edmund’s and not what is best for the league tables. Going forward, all exams undertaken are the new-style GCSE, so will, from this year on, now be included in the Progress 8 score.
For a full explanation of how the Progress 8 score is calculated, please see the guide here. (https://www.theschoolrun.com/secondary-school-performance-measures)
Nicola Bull – Headteacher