Exam Results 2017

Headlines

  • The vast majority of students gained 8 qualifications; 96% of cohort achieved 5 qualifications or more. 
  • 66% of our students gained a Grade 4 or above in English.
  • 61% of our students gained a Grade 4 or above in Maths
  • 53% of our students gained a Grade 4 or above in Maths & English
  • Our more able students performed well compared to other groups, which was very pleasing to see as this is a focus for the school and the number of top grades had increased significantly.
  • Further comparisons with last year's results are not reliable as the qualifications have changed significantly.  More information on this can be found at this government link 
  • Provisional performance table information for 2017 is at this link https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/119743 
  • Provisional student destination information can also be found at the performance tables link https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/119743

 

 

Exam Results 2016

Headlines

  • Out of a cohort of 135 students only one student failed to gain at least one qualification.
  • 98% of cohort achieved 5 qualifications or more.
  • Only 5 students failed to get 8 qualifications, compared to 8 in 2015 and 18 in 2014 (3 of the 5 joined during KS4).
  • The average points score is higher than that of 2015 and 2014.
  • We were very pleased with the number of top grades. For example, one student achieved 8 A* and 2 A grades.
  • The gap between Pupil Premium students (those who are or have been on free School Meals) and other students is narrow compared to national figures.
  • Gender differences reported on nationally are not present at Walton-le-Dale. Whilst different measures show variation, the overall picture is that boys have generally done as well as or better than girls.

Compared to 2015 (Provisional results)

 

2016

2015

Percentage achieving 5+ A-Gs

98.5%

98.4%

Percentage achieving 1+ A-G

99.3%

99.2%

Percentage 5 A-Cs incl. En & Ma

50.4%

47%

Capped Points Score

308

298.8

1 x A* / A

33%

28.6%

3 x A*/A

10.4%

9.5%

3 Levels progress in English

81%  

3 :Levels progress in Maths

61%  

Basics (Level 2 in English & Maths)

51.5%  

EBacc - Percentage entered

21.6% 18%

EBacc - Percentage achieved

13.4% 9%

Attainment 8

45.7  

Average Total Progress 8

-0.1

-

Notes

EBacc - The school has a policy of not requiring students to take the EBacc (requires students to study English, Maths, 2 Sciences and one of  History, Geography, Language)

EBacc figures for 2015 are based on early entry in Maths

Attainment 8 - The average score of 8 subjects

Progress 8 - Whether students make progress compared to their ability on entry. a zero shows students have made expected progress.

 

In a continued climate in which national figures show a decline in those students achieving the higher grades, it is clear that these results are pleasing. For example the English A*-C rate fell 5% nationally; this was not the case at Walton-le-Dale. Maths saw a 2.3% drop nationally compared to a 5% rise at Walton-le-Dale.

On entry from their primary schools our students were significantly below national averages yet our results were in line with or above national averages.  It is thus pleasing to note the good progress our students made.

Government 'performance tables' can be found at https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/119743

PERFORMANCE TABLES 2015

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GOVERNMENT TABLES RELATE TO FIRST ENTRY. IN 2015 OUR STUDENTS WERE ENTERED FOR MATHS AND SCIENCE IN YEAR 10. THIS WAS DIFFERENT TO MOST SCHOOLS.

THESE ARE THE RESULTS REPORTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

IN MOST CASES STUDENTS IMPROVED ON THESE RESULTS IN YEAR 11.

 

FOR EXAMPLE, THE PERFORMANCE TABLES SUGGEST WE ACHIEVED 32% 5 A-C INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS,

THIS IS NOT THE CASE. WE ACHIEVED 47% 5 A-C, INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS.

 

OTHER FIGURES ARE ALSO AFFECTED BY OUR EARLY ENTRY POLICY.

SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Exam results in 2015 showed a further improvement on recent years..

This improvement will be partly reflected in Government Tables later this year but, as in 2014, some of our students took their Maths and core Science exams early (in Y10) and the tables will show these results rather than the results of their re-taken exams in Y11. This gives our students 2 chances to get their grade but also of sitting the exam. These first results are what you see in the performance tables; as you would expect their grades in Year 10 tend to be lower than those in Year 11.

 The school also has a policy of providing a curriculum which suits our students and of students doing courses they want to do. Many schools now insist that students study 'EBacc' subjects (Languages, History, Geography) which are reported in the Performance Tables. We choose not to do this so any reference to these in the Tables is meaningless for our school.

In essence we do not believe that the Performance Tables truly reflect the achievements of our students (or that of other schools).

It is  impossible to compare these results with those of  before 2014 because of the reasons above but also because the Government has made it harder to achieve the top grades. This is acknowledged by the Government and by Ofsted (which rated us as 'Good' in July 2014).

The table below gives some raw figures which allow some comparison with last year.

5 A*-C (EM) 47% Improvement on 2014
5 A-C

61% Improvement on 2014

5 A*-G

98.5% Higher than 2014 and higher than national figures

Average Capped Points score

304; Higher than 2014
English A*-C 60% Improvement on 2014
Maths A*-C 53% Lower than 2014 (it is reported that many schools had this experience)
Expected progress in English 54%
Expected progress in Maths 52%
Entered for the EBacc 13.5%
Achieved the EBacc 10.3%

NB The school has a policy of not requiring students to take EBacc subjects.

Government statistics, based on KS2 scores,  suggested the average GCSE grade for the school should be a grade D. In fact the average grade achieved was a C-.

In addition:

  • Over 99% of students got at least one qualification – the only one who failed to achieve any grades did not attend.
  • 95% of students achieved 8 qualifications,
  • One student achieved 7 A* and 3 A grades.
  • The number of A / A* grades in English and Maths doubled that of 2014, with the number of B grades also rising.
  • The gap between disadvantaged students and other students has narrowed significantly and is much lower than the national gap between disadvantaged and other students.

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