The 2017 GCSE results look different to previous years as the emphasis has moved away from achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths to the PROGRESS that pupils make whilst in Secondary School. This is measured by a figure called PROGRESS 8 and is calculated using the grades that pupils achieve across a range of eight subjects, including English, Maths, Science, a modern foreign language and a Humanities subject (History/Geography), compared to those achieved by each and every pupil across the country in that particular year group. Progress 8 tells us whether our pupils have made better, the same or not as much progress as similar pupils nationally. A score of 0 means that our pupils have made the same progress as similar pupils in other schools whereas positive and negative scores imply better or less progress respectively than similar pupils in other schools. By ‘similar’ we mean those pupils across the country who achieved the same Key Stage 2 results. The Progress 8 figure is not available yet and will be published by the DfE, in due course, once all their validations/comparisons/calculations are completed. Linked to Progress 8, however, is a measure called Attainment 8 which is the total points score of the pupils’ eight examination grades that count towards their Progress 8 score. We do have this figure for Springfield but do not yet have the National figure for comparative purposes. This year has also seen the movement away from letter grades with the implementation of revised GCSEs in English and Maths and 1-9 grades being awarded. There are three other accountability measures that are published to assess a school’s performance:
• The percentage of pupils gaining A*-C grades in English and Mathematics
• The percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (i.e. GCSE C grades or higher in English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a modern foreign language and either History or Geography)
• The percentage of pupils entering the English Baccalaureate; this indicates how many pupils study GCSE English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a modern foreign language and History or Geography] (Please note that it is Springfield policy that all pupils study GCSE English, Maths, 2/3 Sciences, Geography or/and History. They must also study a modern foreign language with the exception of a very small number who follow an alternative curriculum. However, this year group did not all study the language at GCSE level with some following an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Level 2 course instead which is no longer counted as a GCSE equivalent exam and excluded them from the English Baccalaureate. 91% of the pupils in this year group left Springfield with either a GCSE or a Level 2 qualification in a modern foreign language.)
If you click on the links below you will find summaries of Springfield’s 2016 and 2017 GCSE Results.
Last year’s GCSE results can also be found in the official DfE Performance Tables which you can access directly through our website’s ‘About Us’ dropdown menu. Within these tables the DfE publishes a list of 55 Similar Schools which are schools whose Key Stage 4 (GCSE) pupils had similar achievement at the end of Key Stage 2. There was no better performing similar school within 75 miles of Springfield with respect to the 2016 GCSE results given the nature of its intake. The DfE Performance tables for the 2017 GCSE results will be published in January 2018 once all the data has been validated and national comparisons made.