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Showing posts from August, 2007

Exam results and looking ahead at the new year

I have just put together all the various exam results at GCSE level for our fifth form boys, and although there are one or two niggles (and disappointments for some individuals), the overall results are not at all bad.

One thing which has been on my mind for a while has been the concern of some parents that one either has to go for academic selection and high academic standards or inclusivity and low standards. I have maintained that as long as Chavagnes is a small school with small class sizes it can operate well with many different profiles of pupil, as long as they are of at least average intelligence and have a strong commitment to the College's ideals, notably to the Faith.

The Times today (24th August) ran an article on standards in state schools, and it would appear that our percentage of passes at A* and A (38.8%) would put us statistically among the top 150 state schools in the UK. Not a bad place to be. Private schools in the UK are often around the 50% mark for passes at …