GCSE Results 2015
Students received their results on Thursday August 20th.
There were a number of outstanding performances by individual students, with 6 students achieving at least 5A*-A grades and the highest achieving student receiving an impressive 3A*’s, 6A’s and 1B grade.
Further success was achieved with a 5% narrowing of the gap between the performance of boys and girls; this puts the College in line with the National picture when comparing performance by gender. Also the performance gap for Pupil Premium students within the College compares well with the National average, with the College still having a lower percentage gap than that achieved by students nationally.
This year group had significantly lower prior attainment on entry to the College than their predecessors in 2014. This is reflected in their Key Stage 2 points on entry being 26.1 compared to 27.1 for the previous cohort. Other measures also support this view with almost a 5% increase in students with Special Educational Needs, a 10% increase in the number of students with low prior attainment and an increase of students entitled to free school meals of almost 7.5%. Combining all of these factors presented the College with a significant challenge and were contributing factors towards a small fall in the headline attainment figure (5 or more A*-C including English and Maths) of 5%. However, when student progress is examined, performance was in line with that of students in 2014, with almost 60% and 45% of students making expected progress in English and Maths respectively. Furthermore the figures for those students making more than expected progress increased in both English and Maths.
Therefore despite the challenges provided by the academic ability of this year group performance compares favourably with their predecessors in 2014.
Moving into the future, Year 10 performed well when entered for external exams. Despite having lower prior attainment on entry than either of the two previous year groups, with a Key Stage 2 points score on entry of 25.8, they have achieved very positive attainment and progress outcomes in English Literature. This has provided a very solid base to build on for Year 11 and indicates that despite their lower starting point this year group are on track to outperform their predecessors and deliver the College significantly positive examination results in the summer of 2016.
Expected progress is defined as making 3 national curriculum levels of progress between the end of Year 6 and the
* Girls achieve higher levels of attainment nationally than boys, the table shows the extent to which girls outperform boys at the College.
+ This table shows the difference in attainment between those students supported by Pupil Premium funding and those not.
The DFE School and College Performance Tables can be found 'here'.