Last week was the time of the year when students get their GCSE results, and there were the predictable press photos of happy young people (usually girls, many spontaneously jumping for joy) with their results. It was also an opportunity for schools to be compared with one another, and here we encounter an uncharacteristic silence from that self-proclaimed education guru, the loathsome Toby Young.
More less than totally grown up behaviour from Tobes
This year was the first crop of GCSE results for Tobes’ West London Free School, built up over the recent past with the help of well over £20 million of public funds - that would be our money - but not, you understand, so that Tobes gets a private-style education for his four kids without the burden of paying school fees. No, the WLFS is merely the manifestation of Tobes’ true altruism in practice.
But here a problem enters: there has been none of the usual trumpet blowing over WLFS’ GCSE results. Why should that be? After all, as the school has told, 76% of pupils scored at least five A* to C grades including English and Mathematics.
Yeah, yeah, yeah ... what about the GCSE results?
Ah well. In some parts of the country, that might be considered a pretty good result, but in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, where WLFS is located, it is merely ordinary. How ordinary? Here’s a list of the schools that did either as well, or better, than WLFS. Yes, a list. That means there are better schools plural.
Sacred Heart High School scored 84% Five A*-C including English and Maths.
Lady Margaret School scored more than 84% Five A*-C including English and Maths (improving its performance by 10% on last year).
The London Oratory School scored 86% Five A*-C including English and Maths.
Fulham Cross Girls’ School scored 76% Five A*-C including English and Maths.
I WONDER WHY
Whichever way you slice it, Tobes’ school came either joint fourth, or fifth. Worse, I’m told by a local source that WLFS is under-performing in the value added category, which in plain English means the taxpayer is getting poor value for all that money that was thrown at Tobes’ pet project. Small wonder he isn’t crowing right now.
Yet worse, The Real Schools Guide for 2016 rates WLFS at just one star, down from two the previous year, and ranks it just tenth among other local schools.
Tobes was nicknamed Captain Bellend for a good reason. Because he’s a bellend.