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Exam Results 2018


We are delighted with yet another successful year for our students at GCSE which has shown a continued improvement in outcomes.

The key measure of success for students is Progress 8.  This is the best measure as it compares the progress of all students in 8 key subjects with their peers nationally, and hence is the best measure of the success of every student.  For 2018, our progress 8 was 0.26.  This means that students are on average achieving a quarter of a grade higher in all subjects than the average performance of their peers nationally (or a full two grades higher over the 8 subjects).

In terms of attainment:

  • The number of students achieving a Grade 4 or higher in both English and Maths has increased from 76% to 83%.
  • Results in Maths have increased markedly with 85% achieving a Grade 4 or higher, up from 77% last year.
  • Our science results have continued a 4 year trend of improvement, increasing by over 10% to 83%.
  • Attainment 8, the new measure which takes into account a range of 8 GCSEs has further improved to 55.47. 
  • Over a third of all grades were at grade 7 (A) or higher
  • 155 Grade 9s – the new highest grades – were achieved.
  • 40 students achieved 8 or more GCSEs at grade 7 (A) or higher, with three students gaining 8 or more GCSEs at the new Grade 9 or equivalent.
  • Over 100 students in Year 9 also took GCSEs two years early, mostly in French, with 62 achieving a grade 7 or equivalent.
  • One 14 year old student achieved Grade 9s in both French and Computer Science.

Head Teacher Richard Bradford said –

'I am once again delighted with the success of our students in this year's GCSE examinations and the continued improvement in our results. In what has been a very challenging year and, in a period of transition and uncertainty for GCSE examinations, the results reflect the hard work and commitment of our students and staff. I am incredibly proud of our students this year - they have been a wonderful year group who have been resilient and challenged themselves to do their very best.  I would also like to thank and congratulate the staff, parents and the wider community who have done so much to support our students over the last few years.  I know that without this support the students would not have achieved so much academic success.

I hope that for the students their time at our school has been a happy one and they will have wonderful memories to look back on. We wish them the best of luck as they go on to the next stage in their lives.

Our DfE Performance tables can be found HERE.



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