Fortismere Vs. Gladesmore schools


Thanks to Matt Davies, Hunter has been looking at the borough's GCSE results with interest.

The one school that stands out is Gladesmore in South Tottenham. Not so long ago, they were not only at the bottom of the borough's league table, but also at the bottom of the London-wide league tables. With a relatively new Head in Tony Hartney CBE and a committed team of staff and governors, it is only a matter of time before Gladesmore equals or even overtakes Fortismere in Muswell Hill.

Fortismere is GBHS (Good By Haringey Standards). It's GCSE A-C results are in the low 70s. Considering the school has an unofficial catchment area (covering some of the most affluent wards in the country) and a very high number of students benefiting form private home tuition, is 72% really that good?

Gladesmore, which boarders Hackney, now has an A-C pass rate of 44% (growing to 46% for A*). Their results are getting better, year by year. Bearing in mind, that the school takes in children from some of Tottenham's most deprived wards, a large number of students have English as a second language and that parents simply can't afford home tuition and music classes, Gladesmore’s doing incredibly well.

Joan Mcvittie, the two year-old Head of Woodside High, was on the Today programme this morning being grilled by John Humphries. Only 28 of her pupils passed at A-C grade. The government, in the form of Lord Adonis, says that a minimum of 30% is required or the school is labelled a failure and eventually closed. Ms. Mcvittie was very franks about her school's challenges and pointed out that since her appointment the results have been getting better. Hunter feels that the school needs more time to improve and that government threats and labelling are futile.

Hunter would like to congratulate ALL Haringey students who did well and commiserate with those that didn't.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Spot on hunter. ali

Anonymous said...

Right I'm confused. How can a state comprehensive that has achieved 47.5% A/A* grades not be cutting the mustard or reflecting this so called affluent intake. Maybe 72% for 5 GCSE's excluding English and Maths could be better and will be as the newish head makes more impact but let's look at the figures a bit closer. This % of top grades knocks the socks off schools like Mill Hill County in the borough of Barnet and most like comprehensives most definitely in Haringey!! Praise where it is due or are you going to tell me that is the £50 tutorials-don't think so!!!! Well done Fortismere! Mrs S

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Mrs S, Please re-read my post. I was just highliting how Gladesmore pupils are doing so well in comparison...

Anonymous said...

Not how it reads Justin. ..........

Sure well done to all schools that have achieved well year on year and to all those who work so hard to make that happen.

What you said was Fortismere was good by Haringey's standards; re-read my post please. My point is with the grades it gets it is doing well by anyone's standards.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

With respect, it doesn't. The majority of pupils at comprehensives do not have the luxury of living in £1m+ homesor benefiting from private tuition

Anonymous said...

Have you not checked out property prices in Mill Hill, Ally Pally, Crouch End. I think you'll find quite a few comprehensives and in nearby areas in the country draw from wealthy wards.

Is the whole catchment area made up of £1 million houses. Last time I wondered down Coppetts Wood Road it didn't look like it and I think in a lot of areas parents help with private tuition especially when languages have falling figures as subjects generally and are, if reports are to be believed taught badly.

So no private tutoring to get into selective schools or elsewhere? Are you saying kids with advantage can't have got their grades off their own back then???

Is Latymer a better bet then in poor old Edmonton where children are tutored mercilessly to pass ridiculous verbal reasoning tests and study in a sanatised compound surrounded by deprivation.

Get real Hunter tutoring happens all over the place and the Fortismere catchment has been advantaged for a long time. The A grades are up this year 17% from 29% to 47%. Think you're talking social stereotypes.Maybe you should spend some time in comprehensives across other London neighbouring boroughs like Barnet, Herts etc and have a look at what really happens coming up to exam time.

That's not detracting from the success of schools like Christ college in Finchley and Hendon etc but even they have posh pupils that live in houses of a fair price.

Anonymous said...

Fortismere is better, that's all! Not because it is more affluent or students benedet from tuition, the standards of teaching in fortismere sxceeds standards, gladsmore need to put their money where their mouth is!