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2017 GCSE AND A LEVEL RESULTS

a level results 2017GCSE and A Level Results Days at the West Bridgford School are always one of the highlights of the year. After many years of hard work, students finally find out if they have managed to attain the grades that will allow them to move onto the next stage of their lives, equipped with the tools that will allow them to follow the routes they aspire to. We are pleased to report that 2017 has been yet another very successful year, and we were able to celebrate the vast majority of our Post-16 students moving onto the university or apprenticeship of their choice. Our GCSE students also achieved wonderful results, resulting in record recruitment to the Sixth Form, with our other leavers going onto a range of meaningful courses at college. In the paragraph below we have tried to explain how the school has done in terms of ‘school measures and accountability’. Results are only part of the story of ‘Results Day’ however. The work of staff and parents in striving to maximise the potential of every student, both academically and in their education of the whole person, has resulted in the West Bridgford community delivering another year of exceptional young people to the world. This is something that we, as a community, can be proud of. We wish them well in their endeavours. Now begins the hard work of delivering on the potential of the class of 2018!

THE RESULTS

As parents are no doubt aware this is the first year of the GCSE English and Maths ‘9-1’ grades, and combining this change with last year’s comprehensive changes in school accountability measures, presents the school with a challenge when comparing our results with previous years. The nearest direct replacement to the old ‘gold standard measure’ of 5 x GCSE C grade including English and Maths is the new ‘basics’ measure of the percentage of students achieving C or above passes in English and maths. As almost all students achieving this level will also get further ‘good’ passes in other subjects and would consequently have met the previous benchmark, this measure does provide some comparison with previous years. Thus we have calculated this years ‘5 Standard (Grade 9-4) Passes inc English and Maths’ as a comparison with the old measure:

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2017 Outcome

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91%

IMG 1143This record result leads us to believe that our students have performed admirably and delivered stunning results.

To further muddy the waters the DfE is also reporting on a ‘Strong Passes’ (9-5) in English and Maths. Our ‘High Challenge’ externally set target for this was 72% achieving 9-5 in English and Maths. We achieved 77%.

The second new measure is known as Attainment 8 (A8 for short) which shows the average grade obtained by all students in the school from 6 ‘high value’ qualifications (English and maths count double, giving a total of 8). The average grade for our students this year is a ‘B’ which is a full grade and a half higher than the national average.

Of course we know how fortunate we are to have so many able and hard-working students at West Bridgford who are always likely to do very well in their examinations and so it’s perhaps unsurprising that they achieve a high average grade. However, the third new measure called Progress 8 (P8) takes the outcome from A8 and looks to see how much progress students have made from their KS2 starting points. Our exact outcome for P8 will only be known when the government has processed all of the exam results from across the country but early indications suggest that we are likely to have achieved a score that surpasses last year’s P8 of 0.33. This means that students will have done, on average, better than 0.33 of a grade better per subject than could have been reasonably expected from their starting points. As P8 is likely to become the new ‘gold standard’, our score on this measure is probably the one we are most proud of this year as it shows very clearly the exceptional progress our students make in their time with us. This high progress is has been achieved by all groups of students in the school, of all abilities.

The final DfE measure shows the percentage of students who achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which requires a grade C/5 or above in all of the core academic subjects of English, maths, science, humanities and modern foreign languages. Although this is certain to be the least important of the new measures and, unlike many schools, we have never insisted that students opt for the entire EBacc suite, almost all of the students going down this route did achieve this mark.

At A Level our students achieved a very impressive ‘B’ grade average for their ‘Best 3’ A Level Results. On average they achieved a full quarter grade above what could be reasonably expected. We are very pleased with these results.

 
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