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CGS students make the most progress in Bristol

COLSTON’S Girls’ School is celebrating after provisional Government figures showed it to be the best-performing secondary in Bristol in this year’s GCSE exams.

The school in Cheltenham Road had the highest Progress 8 score in the city. This measure has replaced the old five A*-C grade as the Department for Education’s headline way of judging schools, because it takes into account the achievements of pupils of all abilities.

Progress 8, first used last year, looks at how much progress each student has made in the five years since they took their SATs tests at the end of primary school. It measures their success in eight demanding subjects including English, Maths, science, history, geography or a foreign language, and any three other high quality qualifications. A positive score means a student has made better than expected progress.

CGS, which has a banding system for admissions that ensures it takes in students across the ability range, scored 0.39 overall, the highest in Bristol and rated above average by the DfE.

Results were also among the city’s highest in the so-called basics measure, for the numbers achieving high grades in both English and Maths. The figure for grade 5 or above - rated a good pass - was 68 per cent and for grade 4 or above (standard pass) 83 per cent.

CGS had the best Bristol results in the EBacc table at 47 per cent: this is for the proportion of students achieving good passes in English, Maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography. Nine out of ten students studied this range of subjects to GCSE level, far more than in most other schools.

Principal John Whitehead said: “While we are all obviously delighted at the number of high achievers - both at GCSE and A-level, where we had the best performance for some years, it is the Progress 8 figures that are most pleasing.

Progress 8 is most important one because it shows the added value that a school brings. It recognises the achievement of all students. Some of our girls make exceptional progress from their starting points because our staff go the extra mile to support them.

High expectations, coupled with excellent teaching from subject specialists, are standard at CGS and are the reason why so many families seek places here for their daughters. Our fair banding system makes us a truly inclusive school for students from across greater Bristol.”

The Government published the provisional tables earlier this month (October) so that families could compare schools before the local authority deadline for applications for places for 2018. Some of the figures will change in the final tables in January after some papers have been re-marked.

CGS Progress 8 Table