Bede’s breaks own value added record

February 2, 2017

Government figures released last week revealed that, in addition to its best-ever years for GCSE and A Level results in 2016, Bede’s has maintained its position as the top independent school in East and West Sussex for Sixth Form Value Added for the third year running.

With Value Added ratings designed to measure the progress children make between sets of public examinations, this year’s Department of Education figures demonstrated that schools and colleges across the United Kingdom are, on the whole, improving.

Few are enabling more progress in their pupils than Bede’s however, where children might now expect to achieve 0.5 of a grade higher on every course they take than the national average, up from the School’s impressive score of 0.38 last year.

“Measures of Value Added may seem, at first, to be deviously complex,” explained John Tuson, Bede’s Academic Deputy Head, “with specialist colleges sometimes posting extraordinary results by virtue of the limited range of courses they offer.

“At Bede’s however, in line with our determination to maintain breadth and depth in the curriculum, Sixth Formers take a dizzying array of qualifications each year, from Cambridge Pre-U Courses to BTEC Diplomas to dozens of traditional A Levels. To come over 30 places higher than our nearest local rivals is therefore extraordinarily gratifying.”

Peter Goodyer, Bede’s Headmaster, added, “With Bede’s now being the 56th best school in nation for Value Added, and 1st out of the county’s many mainstream schools, our staff and students have a great many reasons to feel proud of themselves.

“In particular, this result is a resounding recommendation of our unique approach to education, where ensuring that children enjoy a full and rounded programme outside of the classroom propels them towards greater successes within it.”