Examination Results 2019
While we are a successful school, we are not complacent and strive relentlessly to show continuous improvement in our academic results. In the Summer of 2019, our school made exceptional progress and attainment was high for the fourth successive academic year.
Performance IndicatorsOfsted consider a school’s results over a three year period, using a range of Performance Indicators. Below are the key performance indicators for 2019.
Our Primary Phase continues to go from strength to strength, with 2019 being another year of excellent results. From EYFS through to KS2, the results show our Primary Phase continues to perform very well compared to the national picture.
This year was our first year for external KS2 outcomes – our results were superb and we are very pleased with how our KS2 students have performed. As you can see below, the percentage of our students achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing, Maths and GPS far exceeded the national picture. Across Reading, Writing and Maths, our progress scores were all positive, meaning our students did better with us than students of the same starting point from KS1 nationally.
In the Secondary Phase, all subjects faced the new rigours of linear courses and the movement of grades to the 1-9 scale. In spite of this, our results are exceptional, especially when viewed in the national picture of results this summer. Given the early stage in the school year, the final national figures for some performance indicators are yet to be released. We will update them as soon as the final figures are available.
Progress 8 is based on students’ progress across eight subjects:
Three from Science, Computer Science, Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages;
Three from a list of eligible subjects, some of which are academic, others vocational.
Students’ progress is measured against their scores in English and Maths in the KS2 tests. Students are given a target based on these results, predicting their GCSE Grades. If students attain these targeted grades, they score 0. A plus score therefore indicates that a student performed better than could be expected, whereas a minus score indicates a student performed less well than could be expected. The school’s Progress 8 is an average of these scores. Our progress 8 score means students did more than a third of a grade better at Sydney Russell, compared to students of the same starting point at KS2 nationally. This means our students’ progress far exceeded that of similar students nationally.
2019: +0.38 (still to be validated by the DfE)
Attainment 8 is the students’ average achievement across these eight subjects. Each student is given a score for each grade that they achieved. These scores are divided by 10, the total number of grades, as English and Maths count twice. To calculate the school’s Attainment 8 score, all of the students’ scores are added together and divided by the cohort number. Our Attainment 8 indicators this year are particularly impressive, with students achieving, on average, a grade 5 in every subject:
2018: 47.21 (national 46.5)
2019: 50.1 (national still to be released)
The English Baccalaureate is designed to ensure that students have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects, but ones suited to their interests and abilities. At The Sydney Russell School in 2019, 38.4% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate at a grade 5 or above, which all indications suggest will be above the percentage of students who achieved the English Baccalaureate nationally. To achieve the Ebacc, students must study a range of subjects:
English (all students study both English Language and Literature);
Two sciences – from Combined Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science;
A humanity – from Geography and History;
A Modern Foreign Language.
The DfE now look at a measure called the EBacc average point score, which averages the grades students achieved in the Ebacc subjects listed above (and gives them 0 in any part of the Ebacc the students don’t sit). As a measure, it has only been in place for the past two years, but, as you can see, we outperformed the national figure last year and expect, with our continued improved performance, to do the same again this year.
2018 – 4.23 (national 4.04)
2019 – 4.44 (national still to be released)
A- Level Results
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