Herts & Essex - No1 in Hertfordshire for Progress 8
Number 1 in Hertfordshire!
Herts & Essex has recently been named as the highest performing school in Hertfordshire as measured by Progress 8. Progress 8 is the new government measure which assesses student progress across a selected set of 8 subjects. The Progress 8 score indicates how much value a school is adding to their students from when they start secondary school until they finish GCSEs.
Comparing schools on their actual outcomes, such as the percentage of students gaining 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at a C grade and above, can be misleading, as it doesn’t show the level of attainment of those students when they started secondary school.
Progress 8 shows the average ‘value added’ across the year group, whatever a student’s level on entry. A figure of 0 means that students achieve what they are expected to achieve. A figure of 1 means that across 8 subjects, every student achieves 1 grade above average in every subject. This year, at Herts & Essex, where GCSE students achieved 96% at grades A* - C, the Progress 8 score was 0.7.
Simon Newland, Operations Director of Education at Hertfordshire County Council congratulated the Herts & Essex ‘on the school’s outstanding results this summer as measured by Progress 8’ commenting that Herts & Essex is ‘the highest performing school in Hertfordshire by this measure, and comfortably within the top 100 schools nationally.’
Cathy Tooze, Headteacher, commented, ‘This was a fantastic result and a culmination of the hard work, dedication and determination of both students and staff. We are delighted with the outcome.’