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I don't agree. I think having the pupil's GCSE/A-level grades displayed would be beneficial. People looking at the page are interested to find out about the school. Surely this is something they would wish to find out, even if they were not prospective students? Plus, I could be wrong, but I'm not sure that many people use Wikipedia as a basis for deciding what school to send their child to. And yes, Grade achievements are only an indication of performance in examination circumstances and do not take into account other factors that could affect the appeal factor of a school but how is that a reason not to use them as an indicator for performance. Anyone who presumes the figures represent something else is only deluding themselves. Also, why does the fact that some candidates are filtered out through an entrance exam mean that the remaining are bound for success? To quote Einstein, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration".


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Well the remaining have to be of a certain level of intelligence before they get there, so of course it jacks up the exam results and of course they're MUCH more likely to do well. Sadly, three A's at A levels is actually more like 20% perspiration and 80% wealth. All i am saying is taking the grades out of context does nothing for competing state schools. A school that only takes people of a certain wealth and certain level of intelligence is of course going to have impressive grades, coupled with their vastly superior income. It should be noted therefore, that such grades have arguably been achieved through this filtering process, a fact to which there is no denying.

I think a lot of parents probably do use Wikipedia for that purpose, and probably mainly just to see what the grade stats are. It is a fact, and as an unbiased fact it can technically be in there. But its a deceptive fact, and for those who come on this site and are impressed by such good stats, it should be made abundantly clear that the school's teaching is not 100%, or depending on the study you read on public schools impact on kids over more educated parents even 50%, responsible for such high grades. If we include stats on grade performances, why not stats on the percentage of scholarships given or working class people in the Loughborough Grammar. Or how about how the school justifies its charitable status tax breaks. These kind of stats would all be helpful in looking in detail at a school and how it is run, how strange that its not included no?