Over the past few years, there have been many changes to examinations and performance tables, which mean that the performance tables cannot be compared like for like with those of previous years.
In 2017, students sat the first of the reformed GCSEs in Maths, English Language and English Literature which are graded 9-1 rather than A*-G. These courses are 100% final exam, with no controlled assessment. Approximately half the remaining GCSEs reformed to 9-1 in 2018, whilst other GCSEs remain A*-G, with the remainder reforming in 2019. All GCSEs taken by the 2019 cohort were graded 9-1.
Students achieving below a grade 4 are required to continue to study English and/or Maths post- 16 until a “standard pass” is achieved.
Progress 8 and Attainment 8 count only the following subjects:
- English (double weighted if both language and literature are taken)
- Maths (double weighted)
- Best 3 Ebacc subjects (Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography, Science, Computing)
- Best 3 other approved qualifications from the list published by the Department of Education
Progress 8 is a value-added measure. A Progress 8 score of +0.5 means that on average, students would achieve of a grade above expectations in half their subjects (as calculated by the government based on KS2 attainment).
Attainment 8 is an attainment measure. 40 = average grade of a grade 4, Wickersley’s score of 51 is equivalent to an average grade 5.
**The English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) is a combination of subjects which the government believes to be the foundation of a good academic education. At Wickersley, these subjects are offered but not, at present, all compulsory. The Ebacc must include: English, maths, two sciences, history or geography and a Modern Foreign Language). 12.8% of the cohort were entered for the English Baccalaureate.