Year 11 Results
We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our GCSE Class of 2016. Their hard work, combined with the support of their parents and the commitment of our staff, has ensured that they have achieved a very strong set of results.
This breadth of achievement is evidence of the high quality of teaching and learning we work hard to provide, the ongoing support of our community and the high aspirations of our students, regardless of ability or background.
We are officially measured by the outcomes of our students. These outcomes (achievement) can be broken into attainment (final grades regardless of starting point) and progress (the academic value added by the school).
The Ofsted framework, and the new Department for Education performance table measures focus heavily on progress and attainment across the curriculum. This is because final attainment is heavily influenced by the results students achieved at Key Stage 2 on entry.
The ‘Basics’ rate (students who achieved at least a C grade in both English and mathematics) is now a key measure for all schools. We value the place of all subjects at Victory, but recognise the importance on literacy and numeracy to the children and their future employers.
What are Progress 8 and Attainment 8?*
Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are two measures that schools will be judged against from 2016. They are designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum at KS4. Progress 8 is based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects:
- Three other English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects (sciences, computer science, geography, history and languages). For a list of eligible qualifications see here
- Three further subjects, which can be from the range of EBacc subjects, or can be any other GCSE or approved, high-value arts, academic, or vocational qualification.
Attainment 8 is the students’ average achievement across these eight subjects. From 2016, the floor standard will be based on schools’ results on the Progress 8 measure. Although Progress 8/Attainment 8 are intended to encourage students to take eight qualifications, this is not compulsory. If a student has fewer than eight qualifications or the qualifications they do sit are not on the list of subjects which count towards Progress 8/Attainment 8, they will score 0 points for the unfilled slots.
The DfE have produced several documents with further details on Progress 8/Attainment 8:
- Factsheet: Progress 8 measure (published February 2014)
- Progress 8 school performance measure: Information for school leaders and governing
bodies of maintained schools, academies and free schools (published March 2014)
- Progress 8 early opt-in: Terms and Conditions for schools (published June 2014)
- Progress 8 measure in 2016: Technical guide for maintained secondary schools, academies
and free schools (published May 2014)
*Text taken from http://www.theexamsoffice.org/
Our Progress 8 score of +0.3 (unvalidated) indicates that, on average, our students make around one third of a grade better progress in each subject, than the national average. Our Attainment 8 score of 4.89 indicates that the average grade our students achieve across all subjects is a C grade.