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Somervale and Norton Hill School lead the way in Government Performance Tables
Released this week were the 2013 Performance Tables for Schools which show that once again Norton Hill and Somervale School are leading lights in the Norton Radstock area and across Bath and North East Somerset. Both schools, under the leadership of one Headteacher, Alun Williams, have provided excellent teaching to ensure all students achieve extremely well at both GCSE level and in the joint Midsomer Norton Sixth Form. Both schools have exceeded the national value-added target of 1000 points (the progress made by pupils between the ages of 11 and 16). This measure looks at all the subjects studied by students at GCSE level and averages the combined grades from these to give a score for every school nationally.
There was further good news across the two schools in English and Maths where the students’ progress was much improved on 2012 levels. Both schools also exceeded national benchmarks for the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate, the group of GCSE subjects most valued by universities. The results overall confirmed the ‘good’ judgement that OFSTED gave the two school last year as both schools are exceeding national averages in the vast majority of measures.
Alun Williams commented; ‘I am delighted by the outcomes achieved by both Norton Hill and Somervale schools. Students worked incredibly hard with their teachers last year, despite the Government making exams more difficult to pass; however, our students at both schools have achieved some of the best results’. He added that; ‘It is particularly pleasing that students at both Somervale and Norton Hill study subjects that are challenging and academic in nature and therefore well-regarded by sixth forms, employers and parents. No wonder so many of our students were smiling in August last year’.
What Is The Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership?
|Norton Hill School, Somervale School and the Midsomer Norton Sixth Form collectively form the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership. All three institutions are based and serve the Midsomer Norton area and its surrounding villages. Both Norton Hill & Somervale Schools are separate and have their own identity but are led by the same Headteacher, Mr Alun Williams and one Governing Body.|
What Is A Federation?
A Federation is established when two or more schools agree to work together on a formal basis. Federation schools remain separate schools. They have separate budgets, have separate OFSTED Inspections and report their results separately. A “hard” Federation (like the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership) is where the schools have a single Governing Body to run both schools with the accountability for the performance of the Federation held by one Headteacher supported by a Leadership Team in each school.
A Federation enables economies of scale to be made. Leadership costs are reduced with one Headteacher to run the Federation and one Bursar to manage the finances.
The Federation Strategic Vision
To view the Strategic Vision of the Federation, please click on the image below. (This will launch a PDF).
Federation Exam Results 2013
Exam Result Press Releases - 2013:
|A Level Exam Results Press Release 2013 (PDF)||August 2013|
|Federation GCSE Exam Results Press Release 2013 (PDF)||August 2013|
Recent Ofsted Reports & Press Releases - 2013:
|Somervale School Press Release||February 2013|
|Somervale School Ofsted Report||January 2013|
|Norton Hill School Press Release||February 2013|
|Norton Hill School Ofsted Report||January 2013|