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GCSE Examination results

GCSE Examination Results

Following the announcement from the Government on 17th August 2020, students in England received the higher of their centre assessment grades and their calculated grades for their GCSE results in August 2020.

The standardisation process was not used to lower any grades below centre assessment grades.  However, if students’ calculated grades (following the standardisation process) were higher than the centre assessment grade, their calculated grade was used.

Results below are given for the whole cohort of students who were in Year 11 and awarded final GCSE results in Summer 2020.  Due to the nature of these results, further analysis is not expected on the government’s school comparison website, which is linked here.

 

All but one of the key performance indicators that school leaders, parents and Ofsted can use to compare the outcomes of different schools can be calculated for this set of results.  Although these have been given alongside last year’s results, it is recognised that the process of awarding these grades is not comparable to any previous years and, similarly, few national figures are available for comparison.  The key measures are:

9-4 E&M The percentage of students gaining a standard pass (grades 9-4) both in English and in Maths
9-5 E&M The percentage of students gaining a strong pass (grades 9-5) both in English and in Maths
Attainment 8 The average grade (points) achieved by a student across their 8 best subjects
Progress 8 The average progress made by students in the school compared to national figures.  This measure is not available in 2020
EBacc APS A 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 standard pass under the new system.

 

  2019 2020 2019 National
9-4 E&M 63% 75% 64%
9-4 English 74% 86% 76%
9-4 Maths 68% 80% 70%
Attainment 8 41.9% 47.0% 46.6%

 

In addition, alongside the introduction of the new 9-1 grades for GCSE, grades 9-5 are now being referred to as a strong pass.  9-5 figures for the recent GCSE results are given below.

  2019 2020 2019 National
9-5 E&M 33% 52% 43%

 

The decision by the government to primarily base grades on the school’s centre assessed grades was welcomed by all staff.  We are very pleased that the final grades awarded to last year’s Year 11 students reflect what each student deserved.

These grades recognise the hard work, determination and engagement of our students and staff alike. Our focus on high quality teaching and learning and the culture of challenge, celebration and support for each student in our community meant that students would have been well prepared to achieve something special in the exams.

We are proud of each and every one of our students for what they have achieved in their first five years at Larkmead. Progress at all levels shows the value that a Larkmead education adds to our students.

Thirteen students gained at least six GCSEs at grades 9-7.  These students are listed below.

 

Pippa Bailey Sam Herbert Michael Hill
Aleksandra Korolkova Dianka Mascenikova Ben Mason
Ben Mayer-Jones Lucy O’Sullivan Rebecca Preece
Henry Skeels Finley Turner Holly Webb
Hannah Whittaker    

 

A breakdown of grades for each subject is given below:

 

 

Entries

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

9-7

9-4

English

113

4

7

9

15

31

30

11

5

1

0

18%

85%

English Literature

113

3

5

8

16

24

18

22

11

5

0

14%

66%

Mathematics

113

5

7

7

16

35

20

9

10

4

0

17%

80%

                           

Art

16

0

1

2

6

3

4

0

0

0

0

19%

100%

Biology

21

1

4

3

2

4

3

4

0

0

0

38%

81%

Business Studies

30

1

2

3

3

6

8

7

0

0

0

20%

77%

Chemistry

21

2

4

3

1

3

2

5

1

0

0

43%

71%

Computer Science

13

1

1

0

2

1

4

1

3

0

0

15%

69%

Dance

12

0

1

2

2

3

1

2

1

0

0

25%

75%

Drama

13

0

1

2

1

2

4

3

0

0

0

23%

77%

Film Studies

40

0

2

6

4

4

8

12

3

1

0

20%

60%

Food and Nutrition

19

0

3

2

2

3

3

3

3

0

0

26%

68%

Geography

12

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

2

1

0

33%

58%

History

82

2

6

9

12

10

16

19

7

1

0

21%

67%

Music

12

0

1

3

2

3

1

1

1

0

0

33%

83%

Physics

21

2

3

3

2

3

5

2

1

0

0

38%

86%

Product Design

44

0

2

4

6

4

6

7

6

8

0

14%

51%

Religious Studies

13

0

1

2

2

3

2

2

1

0

0

23%

77%

Science 1 (Double Award)

92

1

3

3

12

21

21

24

7

0

0

8%

66%

Science 2 (Double Award)

92

1

0

3

7

16

27

17

18

3

0

4%

59%

Sociology

27

1

1

1

6

9

5

1

3

0

0

11%

85%

Spanish

29

1

2

3

4

3

7

7

1

1

0

21%

69%

Sports Studies

26

0

2

6

1

3

4

4

6

0

0

31%

62%

Statistics

30

0

0

0

0

9

8

4

7

2

0

0%

57%

 

The English Baccalaureate Average Points Score

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 strong pass (grades 9-5 or A*-C) in “traditionally academic” GCSE subjects.  To qualify for inclusion in this 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.  All students are included in the EBacc APS measure but those who have not studied a subject within any one pillar score zero within that pillar.  This means that this figure is considerably lower than the average GCSE result within the school.

 

  2019 2020 2019 National
EBacc APS 3.59 4.12 4.07

 

A great deal of 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 skills, enthusiasms and ambitions.

We are incredibly proud of the achievement of all of our students at Larkmead School, both due to these results and for the way they have coped with the difficulties during 2020 and the pandemic.

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 97.3%.