Work ethic contributes to results

9th December 1994 at 00:00
I was surprised and concerned that city technology colleges were branded as high-cost failures in your front-page article (TES, November 25). As the only reference to success was a brief mention in the final paragraph of a lengthy account, the balance of the article gave a distorted impression of the overall picture.

This summer, in its first full set of GCSE examinations, the Dixons CTC achieved results which were praiseworthy by any method of interpretation. An all-ability cohort of students, who all live within the city of Bradford, achieved grades which were 25 per cent above the national average (68 per cent gaining 5 or more grades A-C); and more than 40 per cent above the average for the whole Bradford metropolitan district (26.7 per cent). Also, out of 927 individual subject entries there was not a single unclassified grade.

Before anyone claims that this was due to supposed over-funding, I should also point out that in English, hardly a subject dependent on heavy investment in technology, 86 per cent of the entire intake gained A-C passes in both language and literature. Consequently, I believe that these results were the result of a combination of the strong work ethic which has been created, outstanding teaching from a committed staff and the high expectations which we have for students of every ability.

In addition, the college achieved the highest attendance rate and the lowest truancy rate for state schools within the Bradford area (0 per cent unauthorised absence); became the first school in the region to achieve the national quality standard Investors in People and gained entry to the Daily Telegraph Schools Guide - all this within its first five years. If you regard this as failure, I would be interested to know what you define as success.



Dixons City Technology College.

Ripley Street.

Bradford, West Yorks.

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