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What data is used?

All these measures are based on the past three years' results combined (2012, 2013, 2014), to give greater stability. KS2 data is available for English state junior schools, GCSE and A level data for English senior schools. Please note that the results of exams taken in June 2015 are not available until the following year, and so are unlikely to be reflected in these tables until 2016.

Overall school performance

GCSE (aged 14-16)

  • Percentage with > 4 A* to C GCSE grades incl Maths & English - the percentage of pupils who achieve more than 4 GCSEs at grade C and above.
  • Value added - how well individual pupils do at Key Stage 2 / GCSE relative to their academic attainment when they began that stage of their education (ie at Key Stage 1 for Key Stage 2, and Key Stage 2 for GCSE). This way of assessing pupils' performance takes into account factors such as ethnic and social background.
  • Points per pupil - a measure of the total volume of exams done by pupils, combined with their success.

A level (aged 16-18)

  • Average point score per entry - indication of the average points achieved at an institution.
  • Points per pupil - a measure of the total volume of exams done by pupils, combined with their success.

Results by exam and subject

KS2 (aged 7-11)

  • Key Stage 2 - SATs or Standard Assessment Tests taken in year 6.
  • KS2 Teacher assessment - covers English and maths and looks at pupil's performance over a longer period of time.

GCSE (aged 14-16)

  • GCE AS Level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary level
  • VRQ Level 1 - vocationally related qualifications
  • VRQ Level 2 - vocationally related qualifications
  • GCSE - a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 14–16, at a level below A level. The equivalent in Scotland is Standard Grade.
  • Cambridge International Certificate

A level (aged 16-18)

  • Extended Project (Diploma) - An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a qualification equivalent to an A level
  • GCE A level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level
  • GCE AS level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary level
  • Applied GCE A level single award
  • Applied GCE AS level
  • BTEC Certificate level 3 award

Subject results

GCSE (aged 14-16)

  • Free standing Maths Qual Level 3 - FSMQ are qualifications aimed at both pre-16 and post-16 students
  • GCE AS level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary levelGCE AS level
  • GCSE - a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 14–16, at a level below A level. The equivalent in Scotland is Standard Grade.
  • Graded Drama Music Lit Speech
  • BTEC
  • VRQ - level 1
  • VRQ - level 2

Data comparison

  • Percentage taking this exam - The actual number pupils taking a subject. All the other measures mean little if they relate to a small number of students, so we bias such results back towards the average.
  • Relative popularity percentage - Subjects which are consistently well taught become popular over time, as pupils gravitate towards them. We measure the popularity of each subject relative to similar schools which offer that subject.
  • Relative success percentage - We compare the performance of pupils in each subject with the grades that they got in all the other subjects that they took.
  • Weighted grade AB Percentage - We weight top results - 3 points for *, 2 for A, 1 for B - and average the result.

 

A level (aged 16-18)

  • Free standing Maths Qual Level 3 - FSMQ are qualifications aimed at both pre-16 and post-16 students
  • GCE A level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level
  • GCE AS level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary level

Data comparison

  • Percentage taking this exam - the actual number pupils taking a subject. All the other measures mean little if they relate to a small number of students, so we bias such results back towards the average.
  • Relative popularity percentage - subjects which are consistently well taught become popular over time, as pupils gravitate towards them. We measure the popularity of each subject relative to similar schools which offer that subject.
  • Relative success percentage - we compare the performance of pupils in each subject with the grades that they got in all the other subjects that they took.
  • Weighted grade AB Percentage - we weight top results - 3 points for *, 2 for A, 1 for B - and average the result.

Entry/Exit

Where pupils come from and where they go to

  • % of pupils - indicates the percentage of pupils in this school (at the beginning of the Year Group that you have chosen) who came from each of the listed feeder schools.
  • Others - includes all schools who send fewer than 4 pupils each to this one.
  • Unknown - pupils whose previous school is unknown to us. Common reasons include pupils new to the English schools system, pupils who have taken a year (or more) out of school or pupils who previously attended independent schools.

Where a school has several main years of entry - such as year 7 for the main secondary entry and year 12 for entry to sixth form - you will see the school listed as receiving pupils from itself in the later years of entry.

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