Exam Results

GCSE Results 2017

Results below are given for the whole cohort of students who took their final GCSE exams in Summer 2016.  Further analysis of the school’s results is available on the government’s school comparison website, which is linked here.

Along with the reforms to the grading systems used at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4, the government is also changing the key performance indicators that school leaders, parents and Ofsted can use to compare the outcomes of different schools.  These key measures are now:

9-4 E&MThe percentage of students gaining a pass (grades 9-4) both in English and in Maths
9-5 E&MThe percentage of students gaining a good pass (grades 9-5) both in English and in Maths
Attainment 8The average grade (points) achieved by a student across their 8 best subjects
Progress 8The average progress made by students in the school compared to national figures
EBaccThe percentage of students taking and achieving a good pass in the EBacc suite of subjects

Attainment

Attainment figures for the recent GCSE results and those for last year are given below.  A 9-4 grade is roughly comparable to gaining A*-C in the legacy GCSEs and is termed a pass under the new system.

 201620172017 National
9-4 E&M
52%
62%2
62%1
9-4 English
66%
78.5%
75%1
9-4 Maths
54%
67%2
68%1
A*-C 2xScience
40%
51%
--
Attainment 8
--3
44.42
42.51

In addition, alongside the introduction of the new 9-1 grades for GCSE, grades 9-5 are now being referred to as a good pass.  9-5 figures for the recent GCSE results are given below but these cannot be produced for last year’s A*-G results.

 20172017 National
9-5 E&M
37%2
40%1
9-5 English
58%
58%1
9-5 Maths
40%2
48%1

1 National figures are not yet confirmed

2 2017 figures include one student who was unable to take GCSE Maths in Year 11 due to illness but who took the legacy Maths syllabus in Year 10.  This result is not included in official figures.

3 Following the introduction of 9-1 grades at GCSE, A8 figures are not comparable to figures from previous years

We are very proud of the results gained by last year’s Year 11 students.  These are Larkmead School’s best GCSE results and demonstrate that the school’s focus on teaching, learning and revising is having a hugely positive effect on all its students.

A dramatic increase in English, Mathematics and Science results, with English now considerably above national average is seen by the school as a stepping stone to further progress next year.

The school continues to be fully staffed with specialist and experienced teachers in these three key subject areas for the coming year.

Twelve students gained at least eight GCSEs at grades A*-A (or 9-7 in Maths and English).  These students are listed below:

Alex Bygrave
Alice Caldwell
Viktor Djakov
Emily Grindey
Jane Hall
Katherine Harris
Beth Mawdsley
Rosie McCrea
Molly Phillipps
Charlie Preece
Dominic Selby
Kai Spratt

Worthy of special mention from this list is Katherine Harris who was one of only 2000 students in the country to achieve the new grade 9 in all three of English, English Literature and Mathematics.  In addition, she achieved an A* in all of her other GCSE examinations.

Well done Katherine!

A breakdown of grades for each subject is given below:

 Entries987654321U9-79-4
GCSE English
144
3
11
14
14
31
33
23
11
2
2
19%
74%
GCSE English Literature
144
3
12
15
20
22
36
25
8
3
0
21%
75%
GCSE Mathematics
144
3
10
10
9
25
39
18
13
17
0
16%
67%
 EntriesA*ABCDEFGUA*-AA*-C
GCSE Science (Core)
126
0
4
18
38
28
17
18
3
0
3%
48%
GCSE Science (Additional)
108
1
13
18
38
20
10
4
3
1
13%
65%
GCSE Biology
17
5
4
4
3
1
0
0
0
0
53%
94%
GCSE Chemistry
17
3
4
2
5
2
1
0
0
0
41%
82%
GCSE Physics
17
4
4
1
4
4
0
0
0
0
47%
76%
GCSE Philosophy & Religion
118
10
22
17
30
14
10
10
3
2
27%
67%
GCSE Art
26
1
4
6
9
1
3
1
1
0
19%
77%
GCSE Dance
11
0
2
2
3
2
1
1
0
0
18%
64%
GCSE Drama
24
1
5
5
5
5
2
0
1
0
25%
67%
GCSE Music
5
0
0
1
2
1
1
0
0
0
0%
60%
GCSE Business Studies
22
0
1
1
5
8
2
3
2
0
5%
32%
GCSE Computer Science
12
0
1
1
3
3
4
0
0
0
8%
42%
GCSE Catering
37
2
8
10
11
4
2
0
0
0
27%
84%
GCSE Resistance Materials
14
0
0
1
9
4
0
0
0
0
0%
71%
GCSE Systems & Control
29
0
2
7
10
3
3
2
2
0
7%
66%
GCSE French
26
3
2
6
8
7
0
0
0
0
19%
73%
GCSE German
9
0
0
1
7
26
26
26
26
26
27%
27%
GCSE Spanish
48
1
4
5
11
10
12
3
1
1
10%
44%
GCSE Other Languages
4
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
75%
100%
GCSE Geography
53
3
5
7
11
14
5
4
3
1
15%
49%
GCSE History
81
9
9
16
13
13
9
5
5
2
22%
58%
GCSE Sociology
28
0
8
6
6
2
2
2
2
0
29%
71%
GCSE Media Studies
45
2
3
7
6
15
9
3
0
0
11%
40%
GCSE Sports Studies
24
0
2
4
4
11
3
0
0
0
8%
42%
GCSE Statistics
89
4
9
15
43
14
3
0
0
1
15%
80%
ECDL
19
12
3
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
79%
100%

The English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance indicator (as opposed to a qualification in its own right) and measures the percentage of students who achieve a good pass (grades 9-5 or A*-C) in “traditionally academic” GCSE subjects.  To qualify for inclusion in the English Baccalaureate figure, students must choose to study English, Mathematics, two Sciences, a foreign language and History or Geography, all at GCSE level.

 201620172017 National
Taking EBacc subjects
36%
51%
--
Gaining EBacc
15%
23%
24%

Much work has been done to ensure that students at Larkmead School that wish to pursue careers in which employers will look for the EBacc range of subjects make the appropriate choices in Year 9 to ensure that they are successful.  This continues to be developed as the government and employers are being more specific in the range of subjects in which all students should be qualified. 

However, there is no expectation that all pupils study an EBacc range of subject and Larkmead School is committed to allowing its students to choose the pathway that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs.

Progress: Progress 8

By comparing the average grade of each student across their eight best subjects to that achieved nationally by students of a similar prior attainment, a progress figure can be calculated for each school.  This is called the Progress 8 (P8) score.  A positive P8 score indicates that the achievement of the pupils is above the national average.

 201620172017 National
Progress 8 subjects
-0.29
+0.11
0.00

We are incredibly proud of the achievement of our most recent GCSE cohort.  The students’ results show progress from Key Stage 2 that is above the national expectation.  This positive progress is seen across the year group and across the subjects with similar figures achieved amongst the most able, those joining the school with low prior attainment, those with SEND and in Mathematics, English and all other areas of the curriculum.

We wish all our outgoing Year 11 students the best of luck in their future education and work.  We are also delighted to welcome a large number back into Larkmead’s thriving sixth form to further their studies in their chosen areas of specialism.

Destinations

The percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment in the year after the end of key stage 4 at Larkmead School is 98.6%.

A Level Results 2017

Larkmead School’s Sixth Form forms part of the Abingdon Consortium for Education.  Results are published as a consortium and can be found in more detail on their webpage by following this link.

 201620172017 National
A* - A
22%
26%
26%
A* - B
46%
50%
53%
A* - C
72%
77%
77%
A* - E
98%
99%
98%

This is a fantastic set of results and we are proud of our contribution towards the Abingdon Consortium’s success.  At Larkmead School, our students achieved the best A*-B percentage the school has seen, performing well above the national average in this key measure.  Furthermore, a phenomenal 10% of our Year 13 students achieved a result of three or more A or A* grades.

These Year 13 students have now embarked on the next part of their lives with many having gone on to study at university while others have started work.  Meanwhile, the sixth form at Larkmead School continues to go from strength to strength and is a real asset to the school.

A breakdown of grades for each subject for the students at Larkmead is given below:

 EntriesA*ABCDEUA*-AA*-BA*-E
Art &
Design: Fine Art
5
0
1
3
0
1
0
0
20%
80%
100%
Art &
Design: Graphic Design
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0%
0%
100%
Art &
Design: Photography
6
0
1
1
3
0
1
0
17%
33%
100%
Biology
11
1
0
2
4
4
0
0
9%
27%
100%
Business
12
0
2
5
3
2
0
0
17%
58%
100%
Chemistry
6
1
1
2
9
1
0
1
33%
67%
83%
Computer Science
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0%
0%
100%
DT:
Product Design
7
0
0
3
3
1
0
0
0%
43%
100%
Economics
23
0
4
10
6
1
2
0
17%
61%
100%
English Language
13
1
0
1
4
7
0
0
8%
15%
100%
English Literature
15
2
1
5
5
1
1
0
20%
53%
100%
French
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
50%
100%
100%
Geography
2
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0%
50%
100%
German
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0%
100%
100%
Government & Politics
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0%
100%
100%
History
8
1
1
3
3
0
0
0
12%
63%
100%
Mathematics
24
8
2
4
7
2
0
1
42%
58%
96%
Further Mathematics
6
1
3
1
1
0
0
0
67%
83%
100%
Media Studies
13
0
2
6
4
0
1
0
15%
62%
100%
Performing
Arts: Dance
9
1
1
4
2
1
0
0
22%
67%
100%
Performing
Arts: Drama
4
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
25%
100%
100%
Physical Education
11
0
5
1
2
2
1
0
45%
55%
100%
Physics
7
0
3
2
0
0
2
0
43%
71%
100%
Psychology
3
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
67%
100%
100%
Religious Studies
10
1
1
3
4
1
0
0
20%
50%
100%
Sociology
5
0
0
1
4
0
0
0
0%
20%
100%

The average grade achieved by a student at Larkmead School is a C.  However, the average grade per student in their best three A Levels is a B-, with 11% of students achieving at least three GCE A levels at grades AAB or higher.

Progress in English and Mathematics (Level 2)

This measure reports the average grade increase achieved by students who entered the sixth form without an A*-C at GCSE in either English or Maths, or both.

Average progress made in English (2 students): +1.00

Average progress made in Maths (1 student): +1.00

Retention

The proportion of students who get to the end of the main programme of study that they enrolled on at Larkmead School is 97.7%)

Destinations

The percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study at Larkmead School is 98.5%