Mr Bevis' Words Lent 3
Having just returned from an ISI school inspection, of a school that is all ability, and believes in the growth mindset, it was interesting to read vastly differing accounts of yesterday's by the Department of Education of last summer’s GCSE results. For the first time in some years schools one measure of outcomes is called Added Value - that is the progress made between Year 7 and GCSE outcomes, above what be expected based upon prior attainment. Now the Telegraph has chosen to report the figures as a triumph for selective education whilst the Guardian has pointed out that the best added value is not achieved by selective schools. You chose your data and you take your choice....
We have always believed that our focus should always be on the individual and helping them acquire the best learning skills, which help them make the best progress and get the best outcomes, at whatever point they begin with us. We also know that being in an environment of young people of collectively all the talents, but each with their own strengths and weaknesses is by far the best preparation for the real world.
Something where the data is always clear and not easily misunderstood is in sport and I was delighted with our Under 14's Netball A team who defeated Newlands, Cox Green and Furze Platt to win the latest round of the RBWM tournament series - well done team!
Some of Year 10 are engaging in matters cultural and spiritual when our GCSE artists visit Tate Britain on Thursday. As well as the looking at the works of art on display and getting some expert explanations from curators and our own art staff I hope they will turn their eyes upwards and take in many of the amazing buildings in that part of London.
Finally I hope to see many of you at the Singing Concert on Wednesday (starting at 5.30pm). Those of you who have attended recent Senior and Junior girls concerts and Carol Services will know that we have some amazing singers and they will be giving a whole range of solo and collective performances during the early evening. It will be a short but hugely entertaining occasion - do please try and attend.
Have a lovely weekend
To draw you must close your eyes and sing. Pablo Picasso