Exam Results

GCSE Results 2019

Results below are given for the whole cohort of students who took their final GCSE exams in Summer 2019.  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 has also changed 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
EBacc APSA relatively new measure, giving the average points score per student across the five pillars of the English Baccalaureate

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.

 201820192018 National
9-4 E&M
63%
63%2
64%
9-4 English
80%
74%
75%
9-4 Maths
68%
68%
69%
Attainment 8
46.2
41.9
46.5%

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.

 201820192018 National
9-5 E&M
46%
33%
43%

We are very proud of the results gained by last year’s Year 11 students.  On the key headline measure, these equal Larkmead School’s best ever GCSE results (achieved in 2018) and continue to demonstrate that the school’s focus on teaching, learning and revising is having a hugely positive effect on all its students.

The small drop in Attainment 8 and performance at grade 5 and above reflects the slightly weaker KS2 prior attainment of this year group compared to last year and should not detract from the year group’s success.

The school continues to be fully staffed with specialist and experienced teachers in English, Mathematics and Science for the coming year.

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

Evan AnapliotisCameron Bullock
Ben HunterErwin Lam
Alex McCreaRitesh Patel
Abigale SmithLily Stevenson
Hollie DeSilva
Toby Littlejohn
Aswin Saji

Worthy of special mention from this list is Evan Anapliotis who achieved Grade 9 in all subjects.  Grade 9 is only awarded for exceptional performance in an exam, so this is an incredible achievement.

Well done to all these students for their fantastic achievements.

A breakdown of grades for each subject is given below:

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English Lang
116
2
6
11
10
19
31
23
12
2
0
16%
68%
English Literature
116
3
6
6
12
22
27
21
14
3
2
13%
66%
GCSE Mathematics
116
3
6
3
14
22
30
16
14
6
2
10%
67%

 
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9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
9-7
9-4
Art
30
0
2
2
2
5
6
7
4
2
0
13%
57%
Astronomy
8
0
0
0
3
1
1
0
2
1
0
13%
63%
Biology
25
1
5
1
1
3
6
6
2
0
0
28%
68%
Business Studies
17
0
0
2
2
3
5
2
0
2
1
12%
71%
Chemistry
25
3
3
1
1
4
4
5
3
0
1
28%
64%
Computer Science
9
1
1
2
2
0
1
2
0
0
0
44%
78%
Dance
16
0
0
0
0
1
4
8
1
2
0
0%
31%
Drama
25
0
2
1
2
3
4
7
5
1
0
12%
48%
Food & Nutrition
35
0
4
2
3
3
7
9
6
1
0
17%
54%
French
18
1
0
3
1
3
6
3
1
0
0
22%
78%
Geography
23
2
0
0
4
3
4
3
3
3
1
9%
57%
History
87
2
3
7
12
11
11
11
20
6
4
14%
53%
Media Studies
46
0
0
0
3
8
8
14
6
3
4
0%
41%
Music
10
0
0
0
3
1
2
3
1
0
0
0%
60%
PD: Electronics
17
0
1
2
2
1
1
2
2
5
1
18%
41%
PD: Materials
19
0
1
1
2
2
4
4
3
2
0
11%
53%
Physics
25
2
4
1
3
5
3
3
4
0
0
28%
72%
Polish
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100%
100%
Science 1 (Double Award)
89
1
1
4
8
14
22
22
17
0
0
7%
56%
Science 2 (Double Award)
89
0
1
2
5
12
15
26
24
4
0
3%
39%
Sociology
20
0
0
1
4
1
5
5
4
0
0
5%
55%
Spanish
11
0
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
0
18%
55%
Sports Studies
23
0
0
0
2
3
3
11
3
1
0
0%
35%

 
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A*
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
U
A*-A
A*-C
Turkish
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100%
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.

The EBacc APS calculates a pupil’s average point scores across the 5 pillars of the English Baccalaureate, allocating points to a pupil’s best grades and dividing by 6 (the science grades count in 2 pillars) to create an average point score per pupil.  Students who have not studied a subject within any one pillar score zero within that pillar.

 
2018
2019
2018 National
EBacc APS
3.97
3.59
4.04

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 8 to ensure that they are successful in their Year 9 to 11 studies.  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.

 
2017
2018
National 2018
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 current positive progress 8 score.  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.

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.

Provisional Progress 8 figures are not released until November as they rely on national data which is not yet available to schools.  However, last year’s figures can be used to judge the progress made by individual students.  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 well over half a grade in each of their GCSE subjects.

Hollie CoxEsme DennettLilly-Mai Groom
Kiera HayesChloe HemmingHolly King
Renee Le MaguetAshleigh MingaiMaria Nunes
James PeckJulia PolonskaTia Smith-Nelson
Sanjaana TamangJosh Tee

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 2019

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 2018
ACfE Results 2019
National 2019
A* - A
26%
25%
26%
A* - B
50%*
54%
52%
A* - C
75%
76%
76%
A* - E
98%
98%
98%
 
Larkmead School Results 2019
A* - A
28%
A* - B
59%
A* - C
76%
A* - E
98%

This is a fantastic set of results and we are proud of our contribution towards the Abingdon Consortium’s success and of our achievements well above national average.  Nearly 30% of all grades achieved by Larkmead Students were an A or A* and almost three fifths were a B grade or above.

Progress at Larkmead School is in the top 10% of schools nationally.

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: 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%

Ten students gained grades of AAB or higher.  These students are listed below.

Alex BygraveAlice CaldwellViktor Djakov
Katharine HarrisAlice HaughtonAnya James
Molly PhillippsCharlie PreeceDom Selby
Kai Spratt

The average grade achieved by a student at Larkmead School is a high C.  However, 18% of students go on to achieve at least three GCE A levels at grades AAB or higher with six students achieving at least A grades in all three of their A Level subjects last year.

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, and achievement nationally has fallen.

Progress at Larkmead School is in the top 10% of schools nationally.

Publishing of Results

In line with the  ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) Education and Families guidelines Larkmead School will issue the following statement to pupils, parents and guardians on a yearly basis via Parent Mail. This will be at the start of each academic year and will be requested by the Exams Manager. A copy of the statement will also be publish all year round on the ‘Exams & Curriculum’ page of the Larkmead School website.

The information gathered from school external examination results (currently GCSE and A Level) will be published in the following areas:

  • The Larkmead School website has a dedicated page to exam results. This lists the results by qualification in alphabetical order. Ebacc and Progress 8 results are also published on this page. Those students who have excellent achievement and results are named and photographed. The webpage has a link to the results which are on the government school comparison site.
  • Larkmead School send headline GCE & A level results to the local press. They may also be tweeted on the school Twitter feed.
  • Larkmead School is one of three schools in a 6th Form Consortium, Abingdon Consortium of Further Education (ACFE). The A Level results are shared with key staff in the ACFE
  • ACFE publish headline results on their website. They also name and photograph those students who have gained excellent achievement and results. https://acfe.co.uk/
  • A Level results are shared internally with all staff involved with ACFE.

GCSE and A Level results are shared amongst staff on results days, this is followed up with a more detailed analysis in the Autumn Term from a member of the Senior Leadership Team.