- GCSE examination results in 2021 showed a significant improvement on previous years.
- Our overall Progress 8 figure showed a significant improvement of +0.5 from 2019 -2021This means that every student in every subject did nearly half a grade better across all subjects.
- In terms of attainment measures, 59% of students gained grades 9-4 in both English and Maths.
- This is an 13% rise on the previous year.
- At 9-5 this figure is 39% which is a 9% rise.
- Progress for particular groups of students such as Pupil Premium and SEND also showed improvement.
GCSEs are now mostly graded from 9-1 rather than A*-G. The new grades have been introduced gradually across subjects, and by 2020, all GCSEs will be graded using the new system. There is no exact equivalence between the old and new GCSEs. However, grades 7 and above are roughly equivalent to the old grades A-A*, and grades 4-6 are roughly equivalent to the old grades C-B.
Progress 8 and Attainment 8
Progress 8 is a measure of the progress children make between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school. It’s designed to encourage good quality teaching across a broad curriculum.
Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are based on students’ performance in eight qualifications. These are English and Maths, up to three subjects from the Ebacc list (this includes Science, History, Geography, Languages and Computer Science) and students’ three highest scores from a range of other qualifications, including GCSEs and approved non-GCSEs. English and Maths are given double weighting to reflect their importance.
The raw point score from these eight qualifications is averaged to give the school’s Attainment 8 score. The Progress 8 score is calculated by comparing each student’s Attainment 8 score to those nationally of other students who had the same KS2 SATs results. This is designed to measure how much progress each student has made from Year 6 to Year 11.
A school’s Progress 8 score is usually between -1 and +1. A score of +1 means that students in that school achieve one grade higher in each qualification than other similar students nationally. A score of -1 means they achieve one grade lower.
The average Progress 8 score of all secondary schools nationally is 0. Schools with a Progress 8 score of below -0.5 are not achieving the minimum standard expected by the Government. A score of +0.5 of above shows that pupils in that school are making well above the expected level of progress.
View our 2019 GCSE Exam Results here