January 16, 2009
picture for King Alfred School in government's school league tables
school league tables published by the government on Thursday (January
15th) show mixed results for Highbridge's King Alfred School compared
against schools across Somerset.
tables show that in 2008 a total of 39 per cent of pupils at the
Highbridge school achieved five or more A*- C grades, including
English and maths, representing a four per cent fall on the previous
school is ranked 31st out of 41 schools across Somerset in a comparison
of those results.
the tables are not all negative, though, with the percentage of
King Alfred School pupils achieving English and maths skills at
level 1 reaching 95%, compared to the UK average of 90.2% and
the Somerset average of 93.1%.
the percentage of pupils achieving level 1 with five or more A*-
C grades was 94%, compared to a UK average of 91.6% and the Somerset
average of 93.2%.
league tables also reveal that absence at King Alfred School was
eight per cent during 2008, and that persistent absence was 6.7
per cent, which was slightly above the average.
government has a target to increase the proportion achieving five
A*- C grades (and equivalent), including GCSEs in both English
and maths, to 53% by 2011.
unions have expressed their opposition to the publication of the
league tables and what they call "absurd" targets.
year's primary school league tables in England will be published
here to see the full schools tables for Somerset [External