League Tables Explained
League Tables play a large part in some parents’ decision when it comes to choosing a school for their child. The system is based on looking at the exam results for each school and ranking accordingly. I hear you say, “that sounds fair enough”.
Where the system fails schools such as Dover College which accept a broad range of abilities and skills, looking at the individual rather than academic results only, is when the tables relate exams results to a particular age group.
With regards to GCSE examinations, you may read very different results in the newspapers, as published by the Government (DfE). This is the percentage of 15 year olds who gained at least a grade C in GCSE exams including English and Maths. The DfE scores do not count pupils who are not in the (politically?) “correct” year group and they do not count IGCSE exams which many independent schools take – and indeed which many maintained schools would like to take but have not been allowed by the minister concerned.
Thus here at Dover College, where we are not academically selective, where we have a significant number of pupils in our International Department (set up by NATO in 1957) many of whom may be a year older, where a number of the pupils sit IGCSE English and all pupils sit IGCSE Science, the DfE statistics give no information at all.
To read the Headmaster’s Blog about this subject, click here: DfE Exam League Tables. Dover College- the top non-selective school in Kent
So don’t be fooled by League Tables and don’t be afraid to approach the schools’ Director of Studies to find out more.