Morpeth’s high school is among the cream of the crop at a national level for the progression of students during Sixth Form.
The new-style Department for Education league tables now include a huge amount of information. As well as the figures for GCSE and A-Level results, they also highlight the achievements of students compared to their prior performances.
Among the results are value added scores, which measure the progress of pupils during the various ‘Key Stages’ of their education.
When it comes to the value added table covering the start of Year 12 to the end of Year 13 (the A-Level period), King Edward VI School has the seventh highest score of all schools nationally.
It is fifth out of all state schools and second out of all schools in the North East.
Executive headteacher of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, Simon Taylor, said: “King Edward’s is an inclusive school. We try to support as many of our students as possible if they wish to return into the Sixth Form.
“This inclusive approach means our ability on intake to the Sixth Form is broadly in line with national averages, but when students leave KEVI, they tend to have made significantly more progress than national statistics expect.
“In 2014, results for our students were, on average, half a grade higher than expected across all subjects.
“To be placed so highly in the league tables is a wonderful achievement for the school. Students and staff worked so hard to achieve these results.
“We have a very large Sixth Form and it is also important to note that the few schools ahead of KEVI in this league table had far fewer A-Level entries, making this achievement even more impressive.”
In addition, it was once again amongst the highest performing schools in the North East at GCSE level.
In the last three years, KEVI is the top performing school in Northumberland for both attainment and progress measures.
In November, it was revealed that the school was tenth in the North East for the state secondary category in the 2014 Sunday Times Parent Power guide. Its rankings were determined by the percentage of entries gaining A* to B grades at A-Level and A*s and As at GCSE.