I know; love them or hate them, this is this year's one:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/le ... sults.html
Regardless, exam results don't lie and it is nice to be reminded just how lucky we are to have such excellent grammar schools in our county. It doesn't of course reflect how happy kids are (which, I guess, would be difficult to quantify as everyone has rubbish and good days, so it would depend on when they filled their forms in anyway) but at least we can see what they achieve academically at the end of their senior school years.
Well done for the hard work of the teachers and pupils in all of our schools.
Hmmm, I know you have acknowledged that these results don't reflect how happy children are. But I would also take issue with you saying about the exam results. You are right, the results don't lie, but they actually are not a true reflection of the school unless you compare like with like. A non selective secondary might be an excellent choice but because it also takes those who are not so academic its A to C results can look pretty poor alongside a more selective school, even a non selective school in a more demographically motivated area. Some schools are more determined than others not to let pupils into sixth form without a predicted A at A level, or at least cull after the first year.
I personally think that the only way to measure a school is in progress for each pupil. Is that called value added? How much progress does each pupil make during their school career. That's surely a better measure of how successful that school is at getting at a pupils potential.
As with all tables, interesting starting point but to be taken with a huge pinch of salt.