Year 11 Results 2018 (Provisional)
We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our GCSE Class of 2018. Year 11 students achieved some truly fantastic outcomes, in a year of significant changes to assessment, of which they can be very proud. 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.
Performance in the Basics measure, which calculates all students who gained at least a Grade 5 or better across English and mathematics, was comfortably above last year’s national average of 39%, with 41% of Victory students achieving this – an impressive increase of 7 percentage points on last year’s Basics score of 34%. The new Grade 5 is approximately the equivalent of a Grade B. 66% of students achieved at least a Grade 4 across both English and Mathematics (approximately the equivalent of a Grade C or better).
Progress 8 estimates are looking very positive with an estimate that all children, on average, made over a third of a grade better progress across all subjects, than the national average. Of particular note, is the performance of disadvantaged students, who made significant progress, well above national patterns.
Some 22% of all students in the year group also managed to achieve at least one of the top grades – the new ‘Grade 9, 8 or 7’, ‘A’, ‘A*’ or ‘Distinction*’. The new Grade 9, available in most areas of the curriculum, is the equivalent of a very high ‘A*’.
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 grade 4 or a grade 5 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.
The tables shown below state the percentage of students achieving ‘Basics’ based on both 5+ and 4+.
*Highest grade achieved in either English Language or Literature
Attainment 8 and Progress 8
Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are two measures that schools are judged against.
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. The floor standard is based on schools’ results on the Progress 8 measure.
Although Progress 8/Attainment 8 is 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 has 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/
Individual Successes and Destinations
More important than overall academy results are the personal stories of achievement and future destinations for each individual student. We are proud for all of our students, but have highlighted a few below which represent the breadth of successes at the academy.
At the end of Summer 2018, 100% of our Year 11 students went onto further education or training.
The governors, Principal and staff offered special, individual congratulations to a number of high-flying students:
- Victoria Atkins, Chair of the Victory Student Council, who has won a place at Norwich School achieved the equivalent of 12 A* to A grades with a stunning 3 Grades 9s in Mathematics, Geography and History; 3 Grade 8s, 2 Grade 7s, one A*, 2 Distinction* and an A.
- Lewis Garnham, who won one of the Ormiston Academies Trust scholarship places at Saint Felix School in Southwold, achieved the equivalent of 11 A* to A grades with a wonderful 2 Grade 9s in Mathematics and Physics (which will prove useful when he achieves his ambition of becoming a pilot); 3 Grade 8s; 3 Grade 7s, 2 ‘A’ grades and one A*
A special mention must go to our Year 10 students who sat some GCSE qualifications early due to their exceptional achievement! David Abate, who sat GCSE French this year, gained a Grade 9; OAT Gold award winner, Shahd Abdelrahman gained A* in Arabic and Lucy Fairweather, Millie Howlett and Carley Willis all gained A* in Childcare!
We offer our sincere congratulations to every student and all GCSE students and their families who are celebrating today in the UK.
Victory looks forward to keeping in touch with all alumni as they continue with their studies or begin their careers.