When measuring a school or college’s effectiveness, you should consider the context of the school, as there may be factors that can help explain its performance.
For example, you should consider:
  • the school type, for example a special school (for children with special educational needs or disabilities) may have lower prior attainment than those in a mainstream school
  • the pupils’ characteristics, for example how many are eligible for free school meals
You should also consider how the school’s performance compares to local and national results.
While attainment figures tell you about the performance of a school’s pupils at the end of a key stage, it’s important to consider that pupils have varying levels of ability and many different starting points.

Some pupils may seem to be achieving low results, based on their overall attainment at the end of a key stage. However, a pupil’s progress score will take into account their attainment at the end of the previous key stage, and the progress they have made since that point, compared to pupils with similar starting points. When this is taken into account they may in fact be attaining results beyond those of other pupils, from the same starting point.
What Data is Measured?

2018-2019 GCSE Results

Progress 8 Score = -0.25
Attainment 8 Score = 38.3
Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSE – 23%

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