Performance Tables Published
The 2016 performance tables were published this month. These capture only half the story about achievement at Norton. They show that 52% of students achieved A*- C in English and maths at their first attempt, but just as some of us sit our driving test a second time and pass, we think that some children should be given more than one chance to sit these important examinations if we believe they could improve their grade. If these were our final results, we would be considered to be performing at national expectations.
The final best results at Norton both at GCSE and A level were record breaking. Students in Year 11 achieved 74% A*- C including English and maths. The new Progress 8 score for the school has been calculated at 0.14. This tells parents that on average children are achieving one grade higher than expected nationally. This best entry is not reported in these tables.
When our best performance is compared to schools across England whose pupils started at a similar level of achievement Norton is ranked 2nd out of 55 similar schools. This is an improvement of 5 positions from last year. Our best results place us 15th out of 80 secondary providers in North Yorkshire too.
If parents and prospective students wish, they can now compare our sixth form results with other schools and colleges. It shows that average grades in both BTEC courses and A level are higher at Norton than elsewhere. Encouragingly for all students, there is no need to travel away from Norton to secure a good sixth form education whatever the course.