On target at Smithycroft
It would be unfortunate and, in the case of Smithycroft, very unfair, if this initiative resulted in schools being labelled - "named and shamed".
Contrary to your implied gloomy prognosis, when the 1998 results are taken into account Smithycroft is doing rather well. In English and maths (S grade 1-6), we are only 4 per cent and 3 per cent respectively off target.
For five S grades 1-6, we are 7 per cent above the target and in five S grades 1-4 we are 10 per cent above. Finally in five S grades 1-2 we are 2 per cent above our target.
Obviously this progress has to continue since the target is based on average performance 1999-2001. However, I would be doing a disservice to the pupils and my colleagues if I did not draw these matters to your attention.
David Cumming Headteacher Smithycroft Secondary School, Glasgow