REVEALED: This is the top school in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 November 2019

Gordano School headteacher Tom Inman with pupils.

Gordano School headteacher Tom Inman with pupils.

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Gordano School is the best in North Somerset, according to Government league tables.

The Portishead secondary school topped the rankings in Progress 8, which measures how much pupils improve throughout their schooling based on their GCSE performance.

Gordano has replaced Backwell School as 2018/19's North Somerset league-leader with a score of 0.2 in the Progress 8 ratings.

Gordano headteacher Tom Inman told the Times he was 'delighted' by the results.

He said: "Our students have secured another year of really successful performance at GCSE.

"This is testament to their hard work over five years and of the huge dedication of our staff in supporting them throughout.

"At Gordano we pride ourselves on the personal development of our pupils and their wider preparation for later life, and I would never say results are the only thing that matters in education.

"However, it's pleasing to see the efforts put in by our staff and students have achieved a positive result to celebrate for our community."

At Gordano, 77.5 per cent of GCSE pupils hit expected targets of grade 4 or better in English and maths, with 55.4 per cent securing grade 5 or better in both subjects - helping the school to an above average rating.

Progress 8 is calculated by comparing pupils' performances at Key Stage Two, when aged 11, and GCSE, when aged 16, to assess their improvement over five years of schooling, with scores above zero deemed better than average.

The measure has been devised to see how much schools are affecting a child's education in comparison to their predicted grades.

Pill's St Katherine's School scored 0.02, putting it at third in the table, while Clevedon School scored a slightly below average -0.06. Backwell School was rated -0.15 and Churchill Academy scored -0.17.

Nailsea School was North Somerset's worst-performing school over the academic year, according to the Progress 8 measure, with a score of -0.68, despite 75 per cent of students achieving five GCSE grades 9-4.

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