Farmor’s Sixth Form results place them in the top 2% in England for the second year running
School league tables released this week rank school Sixth Forms and colleges by the exam success of their students in 2016.
Farmor’s Sixth Form, based in Fairford, have been placed in the top 2% of state-funded schools and colleges across England for achievement at A Level on the Government’s headline ‘value added’ measure. This is the second year running that the Sixth Form has reached so high in the performance tables as it was also ranked as the fifth highest school or college in England in 2015.
The Government’s value-added approach to measuring Sixth Form performance looks at the results achieved at A Level compared to each student’s previous performance at GCSE. In this way schools and colleges can be measured fairly on the progress students make towards achieving the top grades.
Headteacher, Matthew Evans, was delighted with the announcement.
“We knew our students had done really well last summer, but our placing in the league tables was a nice surprise. Out of the 3244 state-funded colleges and school Sixth Forms in England which are included in the rankings, we are in 62nd place. Our ranking has been very high for three years in a row and we’re starting to think we must be doing something right!”
When asked what the recipe was for such success, Matthew replied;
“We focus very much on getting the culture right in our Sixth Form. We are aware that our students are young adults and we treat them as such. We promote independence and allow students to make their own choices, but at the same time we have the support systems in place as a ‘safety net’ when they need them. When you couple that culture with incredibly high expectations and excellent subject teaching you achieve this level of success.”
Farmor’s Sixth Form also has an impressive array of extra-curricular opportunities for students, including a speaker’s programme which last month included former Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger. Students were also the first in Gloucestershire to complete all of Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership’s Drive for Life programme, receiving praise from Martin Surl, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Head of Sixth Form, Emma White, argues that it is the Sixth Form’s approach in offering a rounded education rather than just a set of qualifications that attracts students to Farmor’s from far and wide.
“Our students come here because they want to achieve academically, but they also know that they need much more than results to secure the best places at university or in the most sought-after apprenticeships. We aim to build confidence and self-esteem and to give students experiences that they won’t get in some other educational establishments.”
The school and college performance tables can be accessed online at https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/