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 2017 are: Attainment 8, Progress 8, Attainment in English and Maths (9-4), and English Baccalaureate (EBacc) entry and achievement.

Attainment 8

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.

  • Our Attainment 8 score was 48.4. The national average was 44.2.
  • This puts our Attainment 8 score above national average by 5.1 points. This is roughly equivalent to 5.1 grades above national average for every student.

Progress 8

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.

  • Our Progress 8 score was 0.13.
  • Students achieved, on average, one and a half grades higher than the national average at Kingdown School – if, for example, students were expected to gain 10 B grades, they would have achieved 7 B grades and 3 A grades or, a student expected to get 10 D grades achieved 7 D grades and 3 C grades.

Attainment in English and Maths (9-4)

This measure looks at the percentage of pupils achieving 9-4 in both English and maths. In 2017, pupils achieved:

  • At Kingdown School, 69% of students gained this measure. The national average was 63.3%.
  • This puts Kingdown School 5.7% above national average.

EBacc entry and achievement

The EBacc is made up of English, maths, science, a language, and history or geography.

  • At Kingdown School, 22% of students were entered for the EBacc compared to 34.9% nationally
  • At Kingdown School, 15% achieved the EBacc compared to 19.5% nationally

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