Bath Studio School comes second on national league table for A-level progress
From: The Bath Chroncicle
Bath Studio School has come second in a national league table for its A-level progress.
The school's first ever Year 13 students achieved excellent results in 2016, placing the school second best in the Department for Education's progression league table for all studio schools and University Technology Colleges.
Nearly 70 per cent of students who joined Bath Studio School without a C grade in English and/or Mathematics at GCSE level, left the school with a C grade as well as Level 3 Advanced qualifications.
Bath Studio School was beaten to the top spot by Rye Studio School in East Sussex. It shared a second place progress score of 0.3 with Lincoln UTC.
Principal Colin Cattanach welcomed the DFE progress data. He said: "The DFE quite rightly is measuring the effectiveness of schools by considering rates of progress rather than raw exam results. It is clear that our post-16 students from their starting points made impressive progress in the two years with us.
"Our unique curriculum with dedicated weekly work placements has been very effective in transforming life chances for many students who indeed had been rejected by other local school sixth forms. As a fully inclusive school, we are deeply and profoundly proud of our young people who make our school such a special place.
"The government supported our free school bid in 2013 and we are now demonstrating that this investment really does improve social mobility, raise aspirations and allow young people the freedom of many more career pathways. Nearly 40 per cent of our year 13 went on to university and we are proud that all of our students are in education, employment or training.
"The standards of teaching at the school are excellent and the students over the last two years have responded with enormous commitment and relentless pursuit of high academic and technical standards. As a young and vibrant new academy, we are establishing the highest standards of success and promoting high levels of aspirations.
"Our unique approach to education in the city, grounded in academic excellence but also uniquely tailored to prepare young people for the world of work and University has clearly delivered our mission to transform life chances and enabled all of our students to experience success. The progress score for our school is outstanding and I am most grateful to our staff, parents, Trust and our students who have worked collectively to achieve this phenomenal position."