Dorset's best secondary schools named

Dorset's best secondary schools named

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:46am 25th October 2019. (Updated at 3:15pm 28th October 2019)

The best secondary school in Dorset has been revealed according to the Government's latest league tables.

The Atlantic Academy on Portland achieved the best score, when it comes to how much pupils have improved in the last academic year.  

It replaces The Thomas Hardye School as the highest-ranking school in Dorset.

At the other end of the scale Beaminster School was at the bottom of the ranking.

atlantic academy portland

The full list of schools in Dorset, ranked according to their Progress 8 scores, was as follows:

1) Atlantic Academy Portland (Progress 8 score: 0.40)

2) The Purbeck School (0.35)

3) The Blandford School (0.27)

4) Lytchett Minster School (0.21)

5) The Woodroffe School (0.19)

6) The Sir John Colfox Academy (0.06)

7) The Gryphon School (0.00)

8) The Swanage School (-0.02)

9) Sturminster Newton High School (-0.15)

10) Gillingham School (-0.19)

11) Shaftesbury School (-0.23)

12) Beaminster School (-0.40)

Under Progress 8, pupils are measured across their scores in eight GCSEs, including core subjects (English, maths and sciences), and their best scores in other, chosen subjects.

These scores are compared to their performance in Key Stage 2 exams, and used to calculate the amount of value the school is adding to a child's education, measured by the institution's Progress 8 score.

Schools with missing or incomplete data were excluded from the rankings.

teacher standing in a classroom

In Atlantic Academy Portland, 52.9% of pupils hit the expected target, grade 4 to 9, in English and maths. Overall, 33.8% hit strong grades of 5 or above in both subjects.

As a result, the school achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.4 – Dorset's highest. Scores of above and below zero are better and worse than average, respectively.

Meanwhile, at Beaminster School, 58.8% of pupils hit the expected target, grades 4 to 9, in English and maths, and the school was awarded a Progress 8 score of -0.4.