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wabbit
post Aug 24 2010, 12:44 PM
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I've just read the GCSE results for local schools (which were very good) but was shocked to see that Trinity School had a pass rate of 44% of pupils achieving 5 or more A-C grades including English and Maths.

By my 'O' level maths calculations wink.gif , that means that 56% (er, more than half!) really could be said to have under-achieved - especially compared to other local schools such as St Barts and Park House.

Why is Trinity such a poorly performing school, especially as I understood that it had funding from Vodafone (?) and a new 'super head' in Paul *****(who performed such wonders with Kennet).

* laugh.gif He's even had his name censored!!


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post Aug 24 2010, 01:07 PM
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The different catchment areas probably have a lot to do with it.
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post Aug 24 2010, 01:07 PM
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QUOTE (wabbit @ Aug 24 2010, 01:44 PM) *
I've just read the GCSE results for local schools (which were very good) but was shocked to see that Trinity School had a pass rate of 44% of pupils achieving 5 or more A-C grades including English and Maths.

By my 'O' level maths calculations wink.gif , that means that 56% (er, more than half!) really could be said to have under-achieved - especially compared to other local schools such as St Barts and Park House.

Why is Trinity such a poorly performing school, especially as I understood that it had funding from Vodafone (?) and a new 'super head' in Paul *****(who performed such wonders with Kennet).

* laugh.gif He's even had his name censored!!


At least Trinity school's results mean that for once John O'Gaunt is bottom of the pile tongue.gif

Back to a previous thread - this clearly shows the head, Mr D, isn't earning the wage he is commanding.
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post Aug 24 2010, 04:12 PM
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"TRINITY School, in Shaw, is celebrating its best GCSE results since opening 10 years ago.
Today’s (Thursday) results show that the pass rate for five A* to C grades has jumped to 52 per cent, up 20 per cent on last year.
And the pass rate for five A* to C grades, including the core subjects of English and maths, was 44 per cent."
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/Article...articleID=10885

And Kennet has the best results from any of the area's state schools.

In what way is Mr **** failing?
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post Aug 24 2010, 04:32 PM
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Aug 24 2010, 05:12 PM) *
"TRINITY School, in Shaw, is celebrating its best GCSE results since opening 10 years ago.
Today’s (Thursday) results show that the pass rate for five A* to C grades has jumped to 52 per cent, up 20 per cent on last year.
And the pass rate for five A* to C grades, including the core subjects of English and maths, was 44 per cent."
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/Article...articleID=10885

And Kennet has the best results from any of the area's state schools.

In what way is Mr **** failing?


He is failing in that more than half the pupils at the school have effectively failed at Maths & English. A 20% increase on a previously pitiful figure is nothing to be proud off - it's the overall end result that counts. I'll exaggerate to make a point - if two pupils had passed last year, and four this year that would be 100% increase, would that be cause great celebration blink.gif

Basically Trinity was bottom of the "charts" last year and bottom this year, where is the improvement? And it's not like it's a difference of just a few percentage points - it's a million miles away from the rest.
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post Aug 24 2010, 05:02 PM
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Aug 24 2010, 05:12 PM) *
"TRINITY School, in Shaw, is celebrating its best GCSE results since opening 10 years ago.
Today’s (Thursday) results show that the pass rate for five A* to C grades has jumped to 52 per cent, up 20 per cent on last year.
And the pass rate for five A* to C grades, including the core subjects of English and maths, was 44 per cent."
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/Article...articleID=10885

And Kennet has the best results from any of the area's state schools.

In what way is Mr **** failing?


I'm not suggesting Mr D. is failing - he's a brilliant head and a very charismatic and inspirational leader who completely turned round Kennet School. What does concern me is that if even Mr D. cannot turn around this school, what hope is there?

By the way, I was referring in my original post to the following quote - also from the NWN news section:

Forty-four per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, and 96 per cent of pupils attained one or more more A* to G grade.

Actually, it's all very confusingly reported... but it's still pretty depressing reading as far as I can see.


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post Aug 24 2010, 05:49 PM
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I suppose it would be a good idea to compare results with the national average for Full Course GCSE results, 2010.

A* - 07.5 (07.1)
A -- 15.1 (14.5)
B -- 20.6 (19.9)
C -- 25.9 (25.6)
D -- 15.9 (16.5)
E -- 07.8 (08.5)
F -- 04.0 (04.4)
G -- 01.9 (02.1)
U -- 01.3 (01.4)

69.1% achieved C or better. I don't know if this is like for like with the NWN.
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post Aug 24 2010, 06:43 PM
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Well it takes a bit of time to turn round a school or indeed any establishment! Even Mr D would need time. Nevertheless, Trinity results are far better than what they have been in the past - so something is beginning to happen. I too would love to see instant results. For instance, given the amount of money we've just pumped into rebuilding St Barts to make a 'better learning environment' their results should really have been in the 'top twenty' nationally at least. We always have next year! Well done and keep at it Trinity.


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post Aug 24 2010, 07:11 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 24 2010, 07:43 PM) *
Well it takes a bit of time to turn round a school or indeed any establishment! Even Mr D would need time. Nevertheless, Trinity results are far better than what they have been in the past - so something is beginning to happen. I too would love to see instant results. For instance, given the amount of money we've just pumped into rebuilding St Barts to make a 'better learning environment' their results should really have been in the 'top twenty' nationally at least. We always have next year! Well done and keep at it Trinity.


20% isn't far better, just a "bit better" - it means one in five pupils have improved, or four out of five haven't. And the school (along with the John O'Gaunt) is still well below average.

"Well done and keep at it Trinity", yep keep failing more than half your students, keep paying stupid wages for a part time head, keep congratulating yourself and keep on convincing yourself your are doing a good job.

And where is Mr D on this very important day for the school, seems he wasn't available for comment - why?

Saying that, very well done to the students who have done well at Trinity this year, they have done exceptionally well in the given circumstances.
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post Aug 24 2010, 08:05 PM
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West Berks league table:

from the Telegraph

And Park House isn't doing much better than Trinity...
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post Aug 24 2010, 08:10 PM
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QUOTE (Torchy @ Aug 24 2010, 09:05 PM) *
West Berks league table:

from the Telegraph

And Park House isn't doing much better than Trinity...
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That's last years results....
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post Aug 24 2010, 08:18 PM
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post Aug 24 2010, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 24 2010, 07:43 PM) *
For instance, given the amount of money we've just pumped into rebuilding St Barts to make a 'better learning environment' their results should really have been in the 'top twenty' nationally at least.

What, even before the new building is finished and occupied?
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post Aug 24 2010, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (DrPepper @ Aug 24 2010, 08:11 PM) *
20% isn't far better, just a "bit better" - it means one in five pupils have improved, or four out of five haven't. And the school (along with the John O'Gaunt) is still well below average.

"Well done and keep at it Trinity", yep keep failing more than half your students, keep paying stupid wages for a part time head, keep congratulating yourself and keep on convincing yourself your are doing a good job.
I guess you're a 'glass half empty' kinda guy....?
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post Aug 24 2010, 09:47 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Aug 24 2010, 09:54 PM) *
What, even before the new building is finished and occupied?


And why not! The reply was in response to a suggestion that a dramatic improvement should have occurred at Trinity this year because a 'super head' had been appointed. So if he's not to be given any time to effect a turnaround why should the investment in a new building not be expected to deliver immediate results as well.


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post Aug 25 2010, 07:32 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 24 2010, 10:47 PM) *
And why not! The reply was in response to a suggestion that a dramatic improvement should have occurred at Trinity this year because a 'super head' had been appointed. So if he's not to be given any time to effect a turnaround why should the investment in a new building not be expected to deliver immediate results as well.


Very well reasoned argument there, a non-existent building should produce results ohmy.gif

A "super head", think we can just call him average head now, or with these results below average head as the school is well below average, who has had an entire year to make improvements, has managed a measly 20% improvement.

Oh, just realised my error - it't not an entire year as he is only part time (still really can't believe that).


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post Aug 25 2010, 07:48 AM
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While DrPepper might eventually be proved right, most rational people, or persons without an axe to grind, knows that a year isn't enough to affect change.
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post Aug 25 2010, 08:29 AM
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QUOTE (Iommi @ Aug 25 2010, 08:48 AM) *
While DrPepper might eventually be proved right, most rational people, or persons without an axe to grind, knows that a year isn't enough to affect change.


No axe to grind, just trying to give it a bit of perspective as to many people seem keen to give high praise before it's due. As you say give it another couple of years and we will know.

And to a previous comment, yes my glass is generally half empty - and will be until someone tops up the other half tongue.gif
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post Aug 25 2010, 09:38 AM
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Perhaps you could give Mr D some credit for raising a struggling school, Kennet, from also-ran to the best performing school in the district - which didn't happen in one year. Give him time - if he matches his performance at Kennet people will be fighting to get their kids into Trinity in 5 years time.
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post Aug 25 2010, 01:46 PM
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QUOTE (DrPepper @ Aug 25 2010, 09:29 AM) *
And to a previous comment, yes my glass is generally half full -

I said you were a glass half EMPTY doom merchant, not a half full happy chappy,,,,
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