Thursday 11th January 2007 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston is one of the top five highest performing schools in Northamptonshire according to DfES league tables. The tables have been newly calibrated this year to reflect the percentage of students achieving five or more A* to C graded GCSEs which include English and Maths. Brooke Weston's score of 89 per cent of pupils achieving at that level has put it in the county's top five; the rest of the schools being private, fee-paying establishments.
Principal, Peter Simpson was interviewed by BBC Radio Northampton and he put the College's success down to a number of factors, including the longer school day and different term structure from most schools.
Another factor which should be taken into account is the 'value added' figure. In layman's terms this calculates the amount of improvement added to students by the end of their school career. An average figure would be around the 1000 point mark, Brooke Weston's is calculated at 1016.5 meaning that the school influences students to such an extent that there is a markedand measurable improvement from an average performance.
In his seven minute radio interview Mr Simpson discussed other educational issues including the importance of seeing schools in action and the benefits of the five term year.