Exam Results

GCSE Results 2018

Results below are given for the whole cohort of students who took their final GCSE exams in Summer 2018.  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.

 201720182017 National
9-4 E&M
61%
63%2
63.9%
9-4 English
78%
80%
--1
9-4 Maths
67%
68%2
--1
9-4 2xScience
51%
57%
--1
Attainment 8
44.4
46.2
44.6

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.

 201720182017 National
9-5 E&M
36%2
46%
39.6%
9-5 English
59%
62%
--1
9-5 Maths
40%2
51%
--1
9-5 2 x Science
--2
39%
--1

1 National figures are not produced on government’s school comparison website for these measures

2 Science results were awarded using the legacy A*-G grades in 2016

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

Over the past two years, a dramatic increase in English, Mathematics and Science results, both at 9-4 and 9-5, 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.

Fourteen students gained at least six GCSEs at grades 9-7 (or A*-A using legacy grades).  These students are listed below.

Chris AndrewsGeorgia Skeels
Joe GomersallAlison Chomyn
Sophie HillErin Harris
Siobhan MurrayFreya Lovstrom
Joseph MutchLucy Mayer-Jones
Ann ThomasLucy Sharrock
Emma Fawcett
Marion Hendy

Worthy of special mention from this list are Siobhan Murray and Joseph Mutch who both achieved the Grade 9 in all subjects using the new 9-1 grades.  Grade 9 is only awarded for exceptional performance in an exam, so this is an incredible achievement by both students.

Well done Siobhan and Joseph!

A breakdown of grades for each subject is given below:

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English Lang
117
6
10
5
18
26
20
26
4
1
1
18%
73%
English Literature
117
5
6
11
23
20
19
25
7
0
1
19%
72%
GCSE Mathematics
117
3
7
6
12
32
19
15
13
8
2
14%
68%
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GCSE Art
21
0
1
5
6
2
2
2
2
1
0
18%
73%
GCSE Biology
23
2
4
5
6
3
0
2
1
0
0
48%
87%
GCSE Chemistry
23
3
6
6
3
2
1
1
1
0
0
65%
91%
GCSE Computer Science
10
0
0
0
1
0
4
1
1
3
0
0%
50%
GCSE Dance
10
0
0
0
1
0
4
1
1
3
0
0%
70%
GCSE Drama
29
1
1
3
5
6
6
4
2
1
0
17%
76%
GCSE Food & Nutrition
27
0
5
3
5
6
4
2
2
0
0
30%
85%
GCSE French
24
2
2
3
6
4
3
2
2
0
0
29%
83%
GCSE Geography
37
0
3
3
4
3
4
6
10
4
0
16%
46%
GCSE German
10
1
0
0
2
1
1
3
41
1
0
10%
50%
GCSE History
74
3
4
9
8
9
10
12
10
6
3
22%
58%
GCSE Music
8
0
1
0
1
1
0
3
2
0
0
13%
38%
GCSE Physics
23
3
0
6
6
4
2
1
1
0
0
39%
91%
GCSE Religious Studies
17
0
2
2
3
3
3
2
2
0
0
24%
76%
Science (Double Award)
92
1
1
7
15
41
42
46
28
3
0
5%
58%
GCSE Spanish
12
0
0
0
0
0
5
2
3
2
0
0%
42%
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GCSE Astronomy
5
1
1
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
40%
100%
GCSE Business
25
0
1
11
3
5
3
0
2
0
4%
60%
GCSE Graphics
16
0
0
3
8
1
2
0
2
0
0%
69%
GCSE Other Languages
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100%
100%
GCSE Materials
13
0
0
6
3
3
1
0
0
0
0%
69%
Media Studies
20
0
0
2
0
7
5
4
2
0
0%
10%
Sociology
18
0
3
6
0
3
3
2
1
0
17%
50%
Statistics
16
0
0
0
2
4
3
6
1
0
0%
13%
Systems
16
1
3
1
5
5
0
0
0
1
25%
63%

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.

 201720182017 National
Taking EBacc subjects
52%
35%
35%
Gaining EBacc
23%
15%
19.7%

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.

 201720182017 National
Progress 8 subjects
+0.06
+0.09
0.00

We are incredibly proud of the achievement of all of our students at Larkmead School and of our positive progress 8 score for the second year running.  Our 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 and those joining the school with low prior attainment as well as 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.

The students listed previously, who achieved six or more top grades at GCSE, made excellent progress but, in addition, the following students also outperformed the government’s expectations on average by at least one whole grade in each of their GCSE subjects.

Jannath Abdul JaleelAbi AndrewsCaitlin Bennett
Robyn CotterellCaner DumaliPriti Gurung
Amelia JohnBen MorrisTom Rogers
Jasmine TalbotJames WarrellJosh White

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 98.3%.

A Level Results 2018

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

 ACfE Results 2017ACfE Results 20182018 National
A* - A
26%
26%
26%
A* - B
50%*
50%
53%
A* - C
77%
75%
77%
A* - E
99%
98%
98%

This is a fantastic set of results and we are proud of our contribution towards the Abingdon Consortium’s success.

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:

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Art &
Design: Photography
4
0
0
2
0
1
1
0
0%
50%
100%
Biology
14
1
3
2
3
2
2
1
29%
43%
93%
Business
3
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
33%
100%
100%
Chemistry
12
1
4
2
2
3
0
3
42%
58%
100%
DT:
Product Design
11
0
0
2
5
4
0
0
0%
18%
100%
Economics
14
0
0
5
6
2
1
0
0%
36%
100%
English Language
6
1
1
1
3
0
0
0
33%
50%
100%
English Literature
15
1
3
2
3
4
1
1
27%
40%
93%
French
3
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
33%
67%
100%
Geography
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
100%
History
8
0
4
1
2
1
0
0
50%
63%
100%
Mathematics
22
4
2
5
3
5
2
1
27%
50%
95%
Media Studies
10
0
1
3
3
3
0
0
10%
40%
100%
Philosophy
7
0
0
1
3
2
0
1
0%
14%
86%
Religious Studies
14
0
3
4
2
3
2
0
21%
50%
100%
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Performing Arts (Cambridge Technical International Diploma)
3
2
0
0
1
0
67%
67%
100%

The average grade achieved by a student at Larkmead School is a C.  However, 13% of students go on to achieve at least three GCE A levels at grades AAB or higher.  Two students from Larkmead School achieved at least A grades in all three of their A Level subjects.  They were Jenny Blackmore and Charlie Stevens.

Progress in English and Mathematics (Level 2)

This measure reports the percentage of students who entered the sixth form without an A*-C at GCSE in either English or Maths, or both, making appropriate progress whilst in the sixth form.

Average progress made in English (1 student): 100%

Average progress made in Maths (0 students):

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%.

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 100%.

This is an amazing achievement, especially as many A Levels have undergone revisions to their specifications, increasing their content and level of difficulty.  Charlie achieved two A grades and an A*, Jenny achieved one A grade and two A*s.