A Bournemouth school is celebrating its best ever set of results in the prestigious English Baccalaureate (EBacc) benchmark.
Avonbourne College saw 26% of its students achieve A*s to Cs in the core academic subjects that make up the EBacc – English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language.
That was up four per cent on the previous year and saw Avonbourne score the second best EBacc score of all the non-selective state schools in Bournemouth.
Avonbourne also entered more students into the EBacc than any other non-selective state school in the Borough, with 64% taking the highly regarded exams.
Sister school Harewood College entered the second highest, with 46%.
Executive headteacher of Avonbourne Trust, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “We very much pride ourselves on encouraging our students to tackle the traditional academic subjects.
“I am very proud of the fact that both Avonbourne and Harewood colleges entered the largest number of students into the EBacc last year.
“Both schools achieved their highest Ebacc scores and Avonbourne was only 1% away from having the best score of all the non-selective state schools.”
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure. It allows people to see how many pupils get a grade C or above in the core academic subjects.
Last year 38.6% students from all state schools were entered into the EBacc, with 23.9% achieving the benchmark.
Avonbourne’s EBacc success was also matched by its Progress 8 score – the new method of showing how much progress a student makes from Year 7 to 11.
The school scored the second best Progress 8 score of all state schools in the borough – including the grammar schools.
This shows that its students are achieving a far higher standard than what was expected of them at age 11.
Last year Avonbourne Trust helped the government pilot Progress 8, which gives schools a mark that measures how students have made progress during their time at secondary school.
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