Performance information - changes for 2016
The way that schools' performance measures are now judged is very different to the way in which they have been judged previously and these new measures are not directly comparable with previous years.
Basics - A-C in English and mathematics*
The key figure for schools to report is the percentage of students who have achieved both English and maths GCSEs at a grade C or above, known as the 'basics' or 'threshold' measure. The difference this year is that, rather than just English language results counting in this measure, now the best result for each student in either English language or English literature counts.
For the year 11 cohort 2015/2016 our basics (threshold) figure was 41%.
A figure called Progress 8 will also be reported on in time. This figure is a calculation based on the achievement across 8 subjects for each student based on whether they met, exceeded or were below their expected performance in each subject. A figure is then calculated for the whole school. -0.5 is considered to be the 'floor standard', or the minimum expected standard set by the government. This figure is dependent on how students across the country have performed and therefore cannot be confirmed until all national data has been collated much later in the year. Our initial analysis of data is predicting a progress 8 figure of around -0.73. Whilst this figure is below the floor standard, it represents an improvement on results in 2015 and signs are that this will improve further in the coming year.
Although not part of the new accountability measures, the proportions of students making expected progress and better than expected progress in English and maths are also shown in the table above.
The English Baccalaureate
The EBacc is a measure that continues to be reported on. This year 19% of students entered the EBacc with 3% gaining this qualification. This means they gained grade C or above in English, maths, science, and two from Geography, History and a language. Our curriculum has limited the opportunity for students to obtain the EBacc but has been amended to address this and ensure a variety of pathways is open to our students and that those capable of doing the EBacc are encouraged to do so, but they are not made to do so if their interests and abilities lie in other subjects.
This is the average grade that students obtained in their GCSEs at a school. Our analysis indicates that this will be grade E+ for 2016.
A measure of a school's success is how well-prepared students are for the next stage in their life. In 2015 91.2% of our students were in full-time education, employment or training by December of the year they left school. Our in-school data indicates that all of our students in 2016 had secured a place in full time education or training at the time of leaving the college.