Mr Alex Lingard BSc (Hons)
Head Teacher

Later this month the Department for Education will publish the school performance tables. These give details of the results students achieved in their GCSEs last summer. Whilst it is important to hold schools to account it is also important to understand what the figures represent. The results this year are based on what students achieved in their first attempt in their exams not what they may have actually ended up with. The performance tables are therefore not a true representation of how well schools performed and means it is impossible to be able to compare schools. The majority of the results published also don’t give an indication of the progress the students have made from the start of secondary school to the end of their GCSEs.

In 2016 the Department for Education is changing the way in which they hold schools to account. Although it’s not perfect it is a big step in the right direction. Rather than judging schools on how many students achieved five C grades (or above) including English and Maths they will be judged on the progress they make in eight subjects (known as Progress 8). Schools will be a given a positive or negative score depending whether students have made more or less progress than they should have based on their ability when they joined the school. To put this all in perspective there were schools this year who had over 80% of their students achieve five C grades (or above) including English and Maths, but scored a negative Progress 8 score. Headline figures don’t tell the full story, so take the performance tables with a pinch of salt and if you really want to find out how good we are come and have a look for yourself! (Our progress 8 score last year, by the way, was +0.12. In other words students made more progress than they were expected to based on their ability when they left primary school. We are of course extremely proud of their achievements which are a result of their hard work and some excellent teaching.)

On a completely different note please may I encourage you to attend the Piggies Race Night on Thursday 5th February. It promises to be a fun-packed evening and is a fund-raising event organised by the Liskeard School Friends Co-operative. Tickets are £5 for adults which includes a pasty and a pint (or glass of wine). There will be several races taking place throughout the evening. In each race you have the choice to ‘own’ a pig or to place a bet! The evening will be held in our sixth form common room. (Tickets available from reception.)

Please may I remind parents that after half-term students will not be able to wear pumps to school. We expect all students to be wearing proper school shoes. Thank you for your support.

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
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