More is, err less

As we wait for the political and journalistic beavers to, well beaver away and process the 2014 A-level results, I thought I'd throw this graph out there:

This chart shows where a school's cohort went for their post-16 education.

I imagine, that the creators of this chart wanted it to show how much better than the average where the destinations of their young people. And to a point it does.

  1. What does the legend for pink and green bars actually mean? %age of students achieving A levels at grades AAB or higher (in at least 2 facilitating subjects) -- eh??
  2. Why pick AAB? Why not A*AC?
  3. Are we to assume that the last 4 or so schools are so much worse than the England average that they have no merit?
  4. Uppingham School with such a huge difference between the two bars - is this good or bad?
  5. As a parent / learner, am I expected to think that the higher the bar, the better the school? If so, are the last two schools on the list not worth applying to?

What I am wondering is "What was the point of this chart?" Was it to inform me as parent / learner over the best destination for my post-16 studies?

If so, is the England average seen as a good bench mark or one to beat?

All I can think about from this chart, is that if I was going to Uppingham or Oakham, then, as the bars are highest, they must be the best.

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