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Not such an improvement
Publication of the new GCSE-level performance indicator has a marked impact on the official list of the "most improved" schools in England.

An annual list, of about 100 state schools, is produced by the Department for Education and Skills to accompany the school tables.

It shows the proportion of students getting at least five GCSEs or equivalent qualifications at grades A*-C for the previous four years, and the overall rise.

Schools have to have improved (or at least have done no worse) each year. There were 104 schools in the original 2004 list.

Impact

We have reconstructed it below, comparing this performance with the new benchmark, which requires students to have obtained English and maths GCSEs.

Haydn Evans:
We look forward to the time, not far off, when numeracy and literacy become the driving force behind our success
Haydn Evans
Head teacher
The biggest impact is on one of the best-known schools: Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England Secondary School in Tower Hamlets, east London.

When the 2004 tables were published last January, the then School Standards Minister Stephen Twigg congratulated Sir John Cass, and The North School in Kent, for being "the most improved schools between 2001 and 2004".

Both schools are still in the top 100 or so which have improved the most, year on year, on the new measure - but Sir John Cass's performance drops from 87% to 27%.

Its head teacher, Haydn Evans, said performance had risen substantially following the introduction of GNVQ vocational courses, but any initiative focusing a school's energies and resources would have a similar outcome.

"There is the more cynical and nave view that GNVQ is easier and, because it is possible to take as many as the equivalent of four GCSEs, it inflates a school's performance."

He added: "The new measures for league tables are relevant in this respect for they too will become a strategic focus at Sir John Cass and we look forward to the time, not far off, when numeracy and literacy become the driving force behind our success and high performance but not at the cost of the inclusive effects of the vocational programme within our school."

Head of the year

Many of those that were on the "most improved" list no longer feature in a revised version.

And five of them actually got worse over the four years on the new benchmark of English and maths: their pupils did better in 2001 than in 2004.

They include Sandwich Technology School in Kent, whose head teacher was named secondary head of the year in the annual Teaching Awards.

Its results had risen on the old benchmark from 34% in 2001 to 64% in 2004.

But the new figures show that last year only 20% of its students managed to get five good GCSEs including English and maths - compared with 23% in 2001.

Instead there are new stars which did not feature in the old table: the "most improved" school being St Benedict's Catholic High School, a secondary modern in Alcester, Warwickshire.

It went from 46% to 76% attaining the new benchmark, a rise of 30 percentage points.

On the old measure it had 88%.

It was closely followed by Dunraven School in Lambeth, up from 32% to 61%, a rise of 29 points. It had 66% on the old measure.

The figures in the table below show each school's rise in percentage points from 2001 to 2004 on the OLD measure - not including maths and English.

The NEW column shows how much their results changed on the new measure - not necessarily in the same consistent way, but to illustrate the difference between the two measures, which is shown in the final column.

A minus figure in the NEW column means performance in English and maths worsened between 2001 and 2004.

Click the name of a school for a page detailing its results.

Click here for a fuller explanation of the figures.

SCHOOL, LEA OLD NEW diff.
The North School, Kent 51 25 -26
Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat CE Secondary School, Tower Hamlets 51 14 -37
Waverley School, Birmingham 46 5 -41
Shipston High School, Warwickshire 44 11 -33
Walker Technology College, Newcastle upon Tyne 39 5 -34
Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Lancashire 39 7 -32
St Luke's CofE VA Secondary School, Portsmouth 39 2 -37
Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre, Birmingham 36 15 -21
St Paul's Way Community School, Tower Hamlets 36 3 -33
Woodford Lodge High School, Cheshire 36 9 -27
The Grange School, Shropshire 36 18 -18
Kings High School, Bournemouth 36 14 -22
Central Foundation Boys' School, Islington 35 19 -16
All Hallows RC High School, Salford 35 17 -18
Oaklands School, Tower Hamlets 34 20 -14
St Joseph's Catholic High School, Business & Enterprise College, Cumbria 34 19 -15
Shenley Brook End School, Milton Keynes 33 14 -19
Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, Liverpool 33 21 -12
Middleton Technology School, Rochdale 32 26 -6
Mitchell High School, Stoke-on-Trent 32 2 -30
Manor College of Technology, Hartlepool 31 10 -21
Parkside Community Technology College, Plymouth 31 5 -26
Kingsdale Secondary School, Southwark 30 3 -27
Sandwich Technology School, Kent 30 -3 -33
The Hathershaw Technology College, Oldham 30 12 -18
St Mark's West Essex Catholic School, Essex 30 13 -17
Meols Cop High School, Sefton 30 10 -20
Winchcombe School, Gloucestershire 30 21 -9
Bishop Challoner Catholic School, Birmingham 29 15 -14
Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Birmingham 29 21 -8
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School, Salford 29 6 -23
Budmouth Technology College, Dorset 28 23 -5
Eaglesfield School, Greenwich 28 4 -24
St Bede's Catholic School, North Lincolnshire 28 11 -17
King George V School, South Tyneside 28 9 -19
Babington Community Technology College, Leicester 27 5 -22
St Katherine's School, North Somerset 27 27 0
Deacon's School, Peterborough 27 15 -12
The Hillcrest School and Community College, Dudley 27 15 -12
Guru Nanak Sikh Voluntary Aided Secondary School, Hillingdon 27 29 2
Irlam and Cadishead Community High School, Salford 26 7 -19
St Edmund Campion Roman Catholic School, Gateshead 26 18 -8
George Dixon International School and Sixth Form Centre, Birmingham 26 12 -14
The Cornwallis School, Kent 25 10 -15
Gladesmore Community School, Haringey 25 16 -9
Wade Deacon High School, Halton 25 22 -3
Langley Park School for Boys, Bromley 25 11 -14
Grange School, Oldham 25 -1 -26
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Language College, Lancashire 25 22 -3
Islington Arts and Media School, Islington 25 6 -19
Walton-le-Dale High School, Lancashire 25 21 -4
Bishopsford Community School, Merton 25 16 -9
Kingsdown High School, Wigan 25 16 -9
Christ The King Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire 25 10 -15
The Alsop High School A Technology College, Liverpool 24 6 -18
The Priory LSST, Lincolnshire 24 18 -6
Park View Academy, Haringey 24 13 -11
Aldersley High School, Wolverhampton 24 4 -20
Holloway School, Islington 24 8 -16
White Hart Lane Secondary School, Haringey 23 12 -11
Ruffwood School, Knowsley 23 7 -16
South Wirral High School, Wirral 23 24 1
The Benjamin Britten High School, Suffolk 23 -1 -24
Cedar Mount High School, Manchester 23 9 -14
Glenthorne High School, Sutton 23 21 -2
Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School, Rochdale, Rochdale 23 21 -2
Adeyfield School, Hertfordshire 23 4 -19
The Chauncy School, Hertfordshire 23 11 -12
Wildern School, Hampshire 22 12 -10
Harton School, South Tyneside 22 7 -15
Hollingworth High School, Rochdale 22 10 -12
Westbourne High School, Suffolk 22 6 -16
Saint Michael's Catholic High School, Hertfordshire 22 2 -20
Golborne High School, Wigan 22 11 -11
St Bernard's Catholic High School, Cumbria 22 12 -10
The James Hornsby High School, Essex 22 11 -11
Whitefield School, Barnet 22 9 -13
St Columba's Catholic Boys' School, Bexley 22 5 -17
The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, Warwickshire 22 1 -21
Canon Williamson CofE High School, Salford 22 2 -20
St George's RC High School, Salford 22 19 -3
Chesterton Community High School, Staffordshire 22 -3 -25
Catford Girls' School, Lewisham 21 11 -10
Latimer Community Arts College, Northamptonshire 21 20 -1
Kelvin Hall School, Kingston Upon Hull 21 21 0
St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College, Solihull 21 5 -16
The Thomas Aveling School, Medway 21 14 -7
St Aloysius RC College, Islington 21 16 -5
Lostock College, Trafford 21 6 -15
Bradford Cathedral Community College, Bradford 21 10 -11
The Sacred Heart Language College, Harrow 21 18 -3
St John Houghton Catholic School, Derbyshire 21 -1 -22
The Halifax High School, Calderdale 21 15 -6
Moreton Community School, Wolverhampton 21 7 -14
Sydney Smith School, Kingston Upon Hull 20 3 -17
Icknield High School, Luton 20 12 -8
Birley Community College, Sheffield 20 9 -11
Cranford Community College, Hounslow 20 12 -8
Notre Dame Catholic College, Liverpool 20 6 -14
Lealands High School, Luton 20 21 1
Holyhead School, Birmingham 20 16 -4
Clapton Girls' Technology College, Hackney 20 12 -8
The Bromfords School, Essex 20 4 -16
The Stonehenge School, Wiltshire 20 18 -2



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