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Chesterton Community College tops Progress 8 performance tables 2017-18 in Cambridgeshire

Chesterton Community College is the best performing secondary school in Cambridgeshire, new government tables show.

The school achieved a strong score for the 2017-18 academic year in the Progress 8 measure, used to assess how much pupils have improved during their time at the school.

It is the second consecutive year that Chesterton has been the highest-ranking school in Cambridgeshire.

Comberton Village College and Parkside Community College also performed well.

How our secondary schools performed in the latest tables (6929081)
How our secondary schools performed in the latest tables (6929081)

In a letter to parents, Comberton Village College head, Peter Law, said: “Last week the Department for Education published the national school performance tables, which allows for comparisons to be made of school performance over a number of indicators. These tables show the performance of pupils at the end of KS4 and also the end of KS5/sixth-form.

“I am delighted to be able to report that the outcomes achieved by young people at both Comberton Village College and also Comberton Sixth Form were incredibly positive and reflect incredibly well on the work those young people undertook.

“It was therefore no surprise that students leaving Comberton Sixth Form had a really positive set of opportunities, including record numbers of students going on to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

“The figure for Oxford and Cambridge offers has already been surpassed by our current Year 13, so we are looking forward to another year of extremely positive results.”

At the other end of the scale, Witchford Village College was bottom of the progress score rankings for last year.

Chesterton Community College has 988 registered pupils. Of them, 154 were eligible to take GCSEs last year.

Pupils are measured across their scores in eight GCSEs, including core subjects (maths, English and sciences), and their best scores in other, chosen subjects.

These scores are compared to their performance in Key Stage 2 exams, and used to calculate the amount of value the school is adding to a child’s education, measured by the institution’s Progress 8 score.

At Chesterton, 69 per cent of pupils had strong grades of 5 or above in both English and maths.

The school achieved a Progress 8 score of 1.04, the highest in Cambridgeshire, and well above the national average. Scores of above and below zero are better and worse than average respectively.

Comberton was also well above the average, with a Progress 8 score of 0.78 and a massive 74 per cent of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and maths.

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