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GCSE Examination results

Summer 2022 was the first year that students sat externally set examinations since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.  In summer 2020, teachers were asked to determine grades they expected their students to have achieved had exams taken place.  In summer 2021, students received grades based on assessments by their teachers.

A package of support measures was put in place to try to respond to the impact of the pandemic.

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However, given the uneven impact of the pandemic on school and college performance data, the government has said you still should not make direct comparisons between the performance data for one school or college and another, or to data from previous years.

Results below are given for the whole cohort of students who were in Year 11 and awarded final GCSE results in summer 2022.  Further data is available on the government’s “Find school performance data” website, which is linked here.

 

The key performance indicators that school leaders, parents and Ofsted can use to to view the outcomes of a school are listed below.  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, equally, to National figures due to the differing circumstances of different students and schools.  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

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

2021

2022

2022 National

9-4 E&M

62%

76%

72%

59%

69%

9-4 English

73%

87%

82%

69%

Not available

9-4 Maths

67%

80%

75%

62%

Not available

Attainment 8

41.9

47.1

45.9

41.4

48.8

 

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

2021

2022

2022 National

9-5 E&M

33%

52%

39%

37%

50%

 

We are proud of each of our Year 11 students and what they achieved, especially whilst recognising the severe disruption to learning that they endured during their time studying towards their GCSEs.  Nationally, results were seen to drop from levels experienced during centre assessed and teacher assessed grades in 2020 and 2021 and this decline is expected to continue in 2023.  However, at Larkmead we are confident that our focus on high quality teaching and learning and the culture of challenge, celebration and support for each student in our community will ensure that the results will rise in all areas.

 

Progress

Student Progress is assessed and reported through the Progress 8 measure that compares every student’s results with those of students nationally with similar KS2 attainment.  Progress 8 was not calculated when grades were not awarded through nationally set examinations in 2020 and 2021.

 

2019

2020

2021

2022

2022 National

Progress 8

-0.26

N/A

N/A

-0.40

-0.03

The Progress 8 measure further exemplifies the disruption to learning experienced by our students during the Covid-19 pandemic.  After their return to school, much intervention was put in place to ensure all students made the best progress possible but a small minority of students found the lost-learning and major changes to their routine especially hard to overcome.  In depth analysis shows the effect that these students’ results have had on the average progress figure listed above, whilst ongoing targeted action at school is ensuring that similar students are now identified and supported earlier.

  

Further Analysis

We are proud of each and every one of our students for what they have achieved in their first five years at Larkmead.

Twelve students gained six or more GCSEs at grades 9-7.  These students are listed below.

Thomas Bond

Tilly Butler

Alice Downes

Amy Furlonger

Hannah Garside

Asmi Gurung

Hetty Hughes

Oscar Jopson

Ella Leak

 

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) 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

2021

2022

2022 National

EBacc APS

3.59

4.12

3.84

3.49

4.27

 

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 9 to ensure that they are successful in their Key Stage 4.  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 subjects and Larkmead School is committed to allowing its students to choose the pathway that is best suited to their individual skills, enthusiasms and ambitions.

 

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 98.5%.

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 the recent 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.