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Two Lincolnshire east coast schools ranked in top 10 per cent in England

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: June 30, 2012

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TWO east coast schools are celebrating after receiving national recognition for helping their students to outperform expectations.

Skegness Academy and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford, have been ranked as two of the top 10 per cent in England by SSAT (The Schools Network Ltd) for adding value to pupils’ achievements at GCSE.

Every school in the country has been ranked according to the progress students made between test results at ages 11 and 16, compared to what they were expected to achieve.

Principal of Skegness Academy, Kelvin Hornsby, said: “This is a remarkable achievement considering the judgement was based on the academy's first set of GCSE results after being open for only one year.

“Skegness Academy was ranked second on the Department for Education value added list for the best eight GCSE scores for year eleven students, ranked first in the Lincolnshire tables and this latest award from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (Schools Network) reaffirms the outstanding progress that Ofsted said the academy had made earlier in the academic year.”

Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Angie Francis, was also delighted with the news.

She said: “We are pleased to receive this recognition. Our results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students and their teachers and our high expectations.”

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 30 2012, 1:31PM

    The headline appears to be deliberately misleading. This is not a table of all schools in England, but of schools belonging to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (The Schools Network Ltd). If Tesco looked only at their own stores, then declared the Wragby Road branch to be one of the best shops in England, the claim would have similar validity. Kelvin Hornsby even alludes to this falsehood, acknowledging that a school that has only been open for a year cannot be judged on results over five years. Most of the outcomes would be due to the efforts of staff at the students' previous educational incarnation. Moreover, given that grammar schools traditionally catered for the top 5% academically, a top ten per cent rating is hardly valedictory.

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