When it comes to choosing an area to live, education is one of the principle concerns of any family or young couple. With a dense population, schools in the Thames Valley are usually over-subscribed with catchment areas playing a huge part of the intake process. We know of many couples who select a home owing to its proximity to the local schools even before they have children.
The Thames Valley is commonly regarded as the stretch of the ‘M4 corridor’ that runs east towards London following both the M4 and the River Thames from the Swindon area. It incorporates Oxford, Reading, Basingstoke, Newbury, Wokingham, Bracknell and Slough.
With Wokingham, Reading and Bracknell at the heart of the Thames Valley, we look at the top six performing secondary and primary schools in this area using the government’s new ‘Attainment/Progress 8’ league tables.
How is performance measured under the new Attainment/Progress 8 system?
Previous school league tables used a principle measurement at KS4 for results achieved at GCSE (or equivalent) in just five subjects including English & Maths. Felt by most head teachers to be an unfair measurement of how well a school was performing in a broader sense, a new system was introduced in 2017.
Attainment 8: Thames Valley Schools
The Attainment 8 system (for measuring results in a secondary school) takes into account the results across all subjects with English and Maths counting for double points. The maximum score for a school under the Attainment 8 system is 80.
Progress 8: Thames Valley Schools
Progress 8 is a measure of how well a school is performing to advance the skills of pupils from KS3 intake to KS4 results. It is monitored using a number from -1 (well below average) to 1 (well above average) with 0 being average. The number itself is widely acknowledged as abstract but it is the bandings which should prove useful for parents looking to identify those schools who are capable of extending their children the most.
The new system was brought in as a result of the criticisms that schools who were lucky enough to receive an intake of pupils who were already bright would need to do little to achieve good results from them. This new system is a measure of just how much progress each school can offer the average student.
Best performing secondary schools Thames Valley: 2017
Both Wokingham and Reading have an excellent reputation for the overall quality of education provided amongst its state funded schools with several regularly appearing in the national league tables. These are the top six performing schools in the area using the most recent attainment data 2015/2016):
|School Name||Closest Town||Progress 8||Attainment 8 Score
(out of 80)
|Grade C+ (English/Maths)|
|National average: All State Funded Schools||49.9||63%|
|Reading School||Reading||Well Above Average||76.9||100%|
|The Kendrick||Reading||Well Above Average||76.4||100%|
|The Marist||Ascot||Well Above Average||69.0||97%|
|Ranelagh||Bracknell||Well Above Average||60.9||87%|
|The Holt||Wokingham||Well Above Average||60.9||86%|
|The Piggott||Wokingham||Well Above Average||58.9||83%|
Using the new ‘Scaled’ scoring system, the league tables for primary schools focuses on the three key areas for achievement at KS2; reading, writing and maths. Categorised in two separate scores, a school is graded using a % of those pupils meeting the expected standard and those achieving a higher standard.
Best performing primary schools Thames Valley: 2017
The Thames Valley, particularly Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading have a high proportion of primary schools achieving above the national average in both expected and higher standards of reading, writing and maths.
These are the top six performing primary schools in the Thames Valley using the most recent data:
|School Name||Closest Town||% Meeting expected standard||% Achieving higher standard|
|National average: All State Funded Schools||53%||5%|
|St Margaret Clitherow||Bracknell||79%||18%|
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