Agenda Item No. 6
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 9 DECEMBER 2013
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 18 NOVEMBER 2013
C2086 SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORT FOR THE END OF KEY STAGES 4 AND 5 (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) –
Members were apprised of school performance in external examinations in 2013 and processes in place to further improve performance.
The Vale of Glamorgan was advantaged in terms of socio-economic deprivation. External GCSE examinations were undertaken by pupils at the end of Key Stage 4, in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as in the non-core subjects. A levels were undertaken at the end of Key Stage 5.
Appendix 1 provided the overview of results; whilst performance in Maths GCSE Level 2 and Science GCSE Level 2, Level 1 and 2 threshold had increased on 2012, performance in English GCSE Level 2/Welsh, the Level 2+ threshold and the CSI had decreased.
Appendix 2 compared performance with Wales; performance in the Vale, for the L2+ threshold had decreased by 0.8% points to 54.5%, the CSI by 5% and the English/Welsh GCSE Level 2 by 1.2%. The decline in the Level 2+ threshold over the last three years was a particular concern and one that was being addressed with individual schools.
Appendix 3 provided the performance for individual schools in the Vale of Glamorgan. This demonstrated some significant gains and reductions; namely, performance gains in Bro Morgannwg, Stanwell and early indications of improvement in certain areas in Bryn Hafren and Llantwit. Performance reductions were seen in Barry Comprehensive and St Richard Gwyn, coupled with decreases in certain areas in Cowbridge and St Cyres.
Of particular concern was the decrease in performance in English GCSE and Maths GCSE Level 2 in Barry Comprehensive and St Richard Gwyn, along with the flat lining of both subjects in Llantwit and St Cyres (Maths flat-lined, decrease in English).
Appendix 4 provided high level GCSE comparative information with Wales. This reflected the individual school performance in Appendix 3.
Appendix 5a showed the school level A Level profile; most schools showing an increase in the Level 3 with the exception of Barry Comprehensive.
Appendix 5b showed A and AS level performance profile set against the all Wales means; grade proportions for AS levels showed an increase across the board.
A Level performance at A* saw an increase (1%) whilst proportions at grade A and A* to C observed a decrease of -1.4% and -2% respectively.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the provisional attainment data at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 as outlined in the report and at Appendices 1-5 attached to the report in 2013 be noted.
(2) T H A T it be noted that in accordance with the School Standards and Organisation Act (2013) formal warning letters have been issued to Llantwit Major, St Cyres and Barry Comprehensive Schools.
(3) T H A T the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) be requested to set up individual school progress meetings with St Cyres, Bryn Hafren and Barry Comprehensive Schools.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure that Members were aware of the performance of schools and the processes in place to improve performance.
(2) To assure Members that they were acting in accordance with the School Standards and Organisation Act (2013).
(3) To ensure processes were in place to hold schools to account for the quality of education provided.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 18 NOVEMBER 2013