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March 10th 2017

The Turning of the League Tables

League Tables were published with the new ‘Progress 8’ measure earlier this year.  This new measure is intended to demonstrate pupil progress over a range of subject areas, and rankings were dramatically changed as a result.

Some schools that were previously not ranked in the top 10 now topped the table and vice versa.  The new measure means that academically non-selective schools are able to demonstrate positive achievements; however, for a variety of reasons related to ‘Progress 8’, some schools may not appear in the League Tables.

This is why at Cobham Hall, we believe that league tables cannot be used in isolation as a sole measure of ‘a good school’.  As a non-selective school, we are incredibly proud that last year 50% of grades awarded at GCSE level were A-A*, and 98% were A*-C.  However, we’re also equally proud of girls who achieved their Gold Medal LAMDA (for Drama) or ABRSM (for Music) Grade 8.  With the news yesterday of the decline in uptake of the Music as a result of pressure to take specific subjects, we are proud to be able to continue supporting the excellent work being produced by girls in our Art, Drama and Music departments, as well as across the School.

As a School that aims to encourage girls to fulfil their fullest potential in all areas, we’re so excited to see the wide range of places offered, some unconditionally, to our Year 13 students.  These offers are as varied as the highly academic, and competitive, English Literature at Cambridge University to the illustrious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

We are proud of all of our girls’ achievements, especially when they achieve better than they ever thought possible.

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