In September, we shared with you our exam results for GCSE and A Level and indicated then that we were extremely proud of our GCSE and A Level results. Just before half term, national figures were released that now allow us to share with you our results against a national picture.
I am sure that, as you read through the information below, there are many areas of significant strength that is testament to the hard work of our students and staff and support of our parents. We would again like to recognise the strength of our results and their position against national achievements.
The headline accountability measures for schools from 2016 are: Attainment 8, Progress 8, Attainment in English and Maths (A*-C), and English Baccalaureate (EBacc) entry and achievement.
Attainment 8 measures the average achievement of pupils in up to eight qualifications including English (double weighted if the combined English qualification, or both language and literature are taken), maths (double weighted), three further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc subjects only) and three further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications from an approved list.
Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of key stage 2 to the end of key stage 4. It compares pupils’ achievement – their Attainment 8 score – with the average Attainment 8 score of all pupils nationally who had a similar starting point (or ‘prior attainment’), calculated using assessment results from the end of primary school.
This measure looks at the percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in both English and maths. In 2016, pupils could achieve the English component of this with A*-C in English language or literature.
The EBacc is made up of English, maths, science, a language, and history or geography.