Selective about success

23rd February 1996 at 00:00
I read the piece by Bill Laar (TES, February 9) in which he explained the definitions used by the Office for Standards in Education to identify schools with "serious weaknesses". I see the logic. These schools are apparently failing a significant fraction of their pupils.

I turned to scan the list of outstandingly successful secondary schools compiled by the Office for Standards in Education, listed in the same edition.

I read that of the four Buckinghamshire grammars nominated for inspection "Oscars" none dropped below 95 per cent of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A to C. I cannot see the logic.

In selective grammar schools the entire intake should achieve five or more top grades. These schools are apparently failing up to one in 20 of their pupils yet OFSTED deems them outstanding.

Please will someone explain?

JOHN HULL 2 Beechwood Grove Bradford

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now