thanks for your input 'mum of boys.' can you please explain to me what are 'value added measures' as I keep coming across this term in the league tables but donot know what is really means. Most definitely, i will be very happy if my daughter gets into any of the grammar schools, but i think i will be happier if she gets into the ones in clemsford / colchester as they appear to be much more selective & tougher to get into.
Put very straightforwardly, "value added" means how much improvement has been made.For example simply put , if a child enters secondary school on a 3A in English but gets to level 6 A by year 9, this would show better value added than a child entering secondary school on a 5A and getting to a 6A by year 9.(very hypothetical and random example)
At the top of the league tables all the top 20 - 30 schools are separated by a few A*s/A s.All the children at any of the Essex grammars stand an excellent chance of excellent results.
I would go and look around and go by the feel/ethos of each school.