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The Weald School Tops Sixth Form League Tables for the South of England

Students and staff were celebrating this week having been named as one of the highest achieving Sixth Forms in England, according to The Sunday Times Newspaper.  Every year the Sunday Times publishes a league table of schools using their most recent results from the summer exams.  

 Students and staff were celebrating this week having been named as one of the highest achieving Sixth Forms in England, according to The Sunday Times Newspaper.  Every year the Sunday Times publishes a league table of schools using their most recent results from the summer exams.  The Weald Sixth Form found itself in thirteenth place for non-selective schools out of over 3,000 schools and colleges in England and Wales.  Indeed, with all schools above it either located in London or the North of England, The Weald had the highest performing Sixth Form in the South of England.  Mr Woodman commented, “We were pleasantly surprised to see how well The Weald had performed on a national basis.  The reality is that we do not particularly support the idea of league tables as schools can be ranked on so many different criteria.  It is often unfair to try and condense the performance of hundreds of students into a single statistic.  In this case, The Sunday Times had ranked schools on the percentage of A Level grades from A* to B.  Last year our students gained 70% or more grades in this range.  We feel it is more important that each and every student has made progress.  This can often mean that as a school we are just as pleased when a student achieves a grade C, if this is above their target grade, as when a student achieves an A*.  It is critical to us that every student here makes progress and this idea of value added is far more important than a league table that simply ranks the schools on attainment.  Whilst our attainment was very high, our value added was just as impressive”.