School to appeal over performance results
A SHERBORNE school will appeal "disappointing" performance results released by the Department for Education last week.
Staff at Leweston School have claimed the performance tables contained "significant errors in the data".
Headmaster Adrian Aylward said: "The tables contain some significant inaccuracies for Leweston, particularly with regard to KS4 (GCSEs).
"We know 100 per cent of our pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE and 95 per cent of them did so including maths and English. In the tables the figure is erroneously given as 78 per cent."
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Mr Aylward said the A-level tables were also incorrect and 92 per cent of pupils achieved three or more A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
"In addition, the Cambridge Pre–U results achieved by our girls are excluded from the calculation used for the percentage of AAB grades obtained in subjects listed by the Russell Group as the best preparation for the most academic university courses.
"This fatally undermines the data and will have affected some 150 schools.
"We have asked the Department for Education to correct the data."
A spokeswoman for the school said the appeal process would mean it would take some time for the correct results to be re-published.
No-one from the Department of Education was available to comment yesterday.