You may have seen the national school performance tables published on 25 January 2018. The tables use the new Progress 8 measure to assess how a school is performing against the national average. The tables show St Katherine’s School as having a -0.51 Progress 8 score. You can use the search facility on the Government website to look at scores for all secondary schools in North Somerset, Bristol and other local authority areas.
Please see the following statement from Mr J Humphreys, Head of School.
“Whilst we recognise that the new Progress 8 Measure is one factor to assess how a school is performing it’s important to remember it is a blanket national measure and doesn’t give a real insight of how each school supports their students.
At St Katherine’s School we treat our students as individuals and support them to fulfil their potential, nurturing their skills in academic, creative and vocational subjects. Rather than forcing all students to take the ‘8’ subjects that count in the new Progress Measure, we focus on guiding them through pathways that suit their individual strengths, enthusiasm and ambitions to help them succeed in whichever route they take in their future lives.
This may impact on our Progress 8 measure but it is only one part of the picture. St Katherine’s is a thriving and diverse school community where we promote excellence, acceptance, resilience, aspiration and respect to our young people. In our view, these values coupled with our improving track record of academic and vocational success, give a more accurate reflection of St Katherine’s.”