Jordanhill School has retained the top position in The Times school leagues tables 2020 in an extraordinary year during which exams were replaced by teacher estimates (The Times, Wed 12 May 2021).
‘The Glasgow school, which is uniquely funded by a central government grant rather than the local authority, saw 86 per cent of pupils achieve Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘gold standard’ of five or more Highers.’
John Anderson, rector of Jordanhill said ‘The latest figures are the product of the hard-work of our pupils and staff, and the support of our parents. Although 2020 was unusual as the results were based on teacher grade-estimates, the process used was not new. Like most schools, we have years of experience of using our own internal assessments to help teachers adapt their teaching and inform pupils of their next steps in learning. These assessments and procedures are routinely used to make grade predictions and helped our teachers formulate reliable grades for the 2020 diet.
Jordanhill School is fortunate to benefit from an involved and engaged parent body. We also recognise that the results achieved in National Qualifications are the product of many years of learning and are not simply the result of the year a child is assessed. All school years are important and so we set high expectations for our pupils, particularly in the early years of secondary, so that they can achieve highly with determination and effort. Our staff are passionate about their craft and work collaboratively with colleagues within and beyond our school. They take advantage of a rich culture of professional learning in Jordanhill School and this helps us to do the best for all our pupils.