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St Michael's Catholic College (Academy)
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Southwark 53.4 6 Well above average 0.52 86% 5.07 28.9
King Ecgbert School (Academy) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Sheffield 55.6 2 Well above average 0.68 40% 5.01 29.1
Sexey's School (Academy)
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Somerset 51.6 12 Average 0.19 83% 5.01 29
Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sports College (Academy)
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Oxfordshire 54.1 4 Well above average 0.66 51% 4.91 29.1
Central Foundation Girls' School (Maintained School)
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Tower Hamlets 56 1 Well above average 0.75 47% 4.9 29.2
Southfield School for Girls (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 51.5 13 Above average 0.33 54% 4.86 29.1
Fairfield High School (Academy)
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Herefordshire 52.6 8 Above average 0.39 67% 4.83 29.2
Saint George Catholic Voluntary Aided College Southampton (Maintained School)
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Southampton 53.7 5 Well above average 0.57 44% 4.83 29.1
Jane Austen College (Academy)
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Norfolk 51.4 15 Above average 0.29 62% 4.8 29.1
Chipping Campden School (Academy)
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Gloucestershire 52.5 9 Above average 0.38 59% 4.72 29.2
Norlington School and 6th Form (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Waltham Forest 51.5 13 Above average 0.38 51% 4.66 29
The Community College, Bishop's Castle (Maintained School)
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Shropshire 52.2 11 Above average 0.39 38% 4.62 29.2
King James's School (Maintained School) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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North Yorkshire 52.4 10 Above average 0.39 28% 4.55 29.1
Polam Hall School (Academy)
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Darlington 48.6 19 Average -0.07 80% 4.49 29.3
The Friary School (Maintained School) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Staffordshire 54.5 3 Well above average 0.6 42% 4.47 29.1
South Molton Community College (Maintained School)
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Devon 50.6 16 Average 0.22 32% 4.44 29.1
St Thomas More High School (Academy)
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Southend-on-Sea 53.3 7 Well above average 0.53 14% 4.42 29.3
St Monica's RC High School (Maintained School)
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Bury 50.4 17 Average 0.17 21% 4.35 29.2
Highams Park School (Academy)
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Waltham Forest 47.1 28 Average -0.1 45% 4.23 29.3
Huntcliff School (Maintained School)
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Redcar and Cleveland 47 30 Average -0.21 53% 4.23 29
Driffield School and Sixth Form (Academy)
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East Riding of Yorkshire 46.2 36 Average -0.16 33% 4.18 29.2
The Heath School (Academy) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Halton 48.4 24 Average -0.06 42% 4.15 29.2
Dallam School (Academy) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Cumbria 48.4 24 Average -0.18 32% 4.13 29.4
The Queen Katherine School (Academy)
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Cumbria 48.6 19 Average 0.02 13% 4.13 29.2
Wollaston School (Maintained School)
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Northamptonshire 48.2 26 Average -0.02 22% 4.13 29.3
Magdalen College School (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 48.5 22 Average 0.03 20% 4.1 29.1
The Commonweal School (Academy)
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Swindon 46.3 35 Average -0.17 32% 4.09 29
Warlingham School (Academy)
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Surrey 48.5 22 Average 0.02 16% 4.09 29.2
Waseley Hills High School (Academy)
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Worcestershire 46.6 33 Average -0.17 34% 4.09 29.3
Ellowes Hall Sports College (Academy)
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Dudley 46.2 36 Below average -0.23 63% 4.02 29.1
St Bede's Catholic High School (Maintained School) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Lancashire 48.9 18 Average 0.07 23% 4.02 29.3
Redborne Upper School and Community College (Academy)
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Central Bedfordshire 47 30 -0.14 30% 3.99 29.2
Alder Community High School (Maintained School)
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Tameside 48.1 27 Average -0.04 22% 3.98 29
Lostock Hall Academy (Academy) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Lancashire 48.6 19 Average -0.01 11% 3.97 29.3
Stanchester Academy (Academy)
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Somerset 45.3 39 Below average -0.3 46% 3.95 29.2
Sandymoor (Academy)
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Halton 45.3 39 Average -0.3 34% 3.93 29.1
Newquay Tretherras (Academy)
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Cornwall 46.4 34 Below average -0.19 13% 3.88 29.1
St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy (Academy)
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Kirklees 44.5 44 Below average -0.41 27% 3.88 29.2
Cansfield High School (Maintained School)
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Wigan 44.8 41 Below average -0.37 12% 3.81 29.3
Lowton Church of England High School (Maintained School)
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Wigan 46.7 32 Average -0.17 13% 3.8 29.2
Barclay School (Maintained School)
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Hertfordshire 44 46 Below average -0.43 32% 3.79 29.1
Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre (Academy)
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Essex 44.7 42 Below average -0.35 54% 3.79 29.3
Aldworth School (Maintained School)
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Hampshire 43.4 48 Below average -0.46 30% 3.78 29.2
Addey and Stanhope School (Maintained School)
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Lewisham 43.9 47 Below average -0.45 18% 3.77 28.9
Crofton Academy (Academy)
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Wakefield 47.1 28 Average -0.15 14% 3.71 29
The Thomas Alleyne Academy (Academy)
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Hertfordshire 42.5 49 Well below average -0.59 25% 3.71 29
Rivington and Blackrod High School (Academy)
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Bolton 44.7 42 Below average -0.37 19% 3.69 29.2
Stationers' Crown Woods Academy (Academy)
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Greenwich 42.4 50 Well below average -0.62 35% 3.67 29.3
The John Roan School (Maintained School)
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Greenwich 39.9 53 Well below average -0.84 64% 3.61 29.2
St John Fisher Catholic High School (Maintained School)
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Wigan 41.2 51 Well below average -0.71 40% 3.56 29.1
West Derby School (Academy)
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Liverpool 45.5 38 Below average -0.26 5% 3.54 29.2
Monkwearmouth Academy (Academy)
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Sunderland 40.9 52 Well below average -0.78 20% 3.53 29.3
St Catherine's College (Academy)
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East Sussex 44.1 45 Below average -0.41 18% 3.53 29
St Matthew's RC High School (Maintained School)
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Manchester 39.3 54 Well below average -0.9 51% 3.51 29
UTC Warrington (Academy)
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Warrington 32.8 55 -1.47 0% 2.49 29.2
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Attainment 8 score

Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate opens in a new window qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications opens in a new window .

Position within the group

This is a ranking within the group of schools in the list, based on the Attainment 8 score.

Progress 8 score

This score shows how much progress pupils at this school made between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4, compared to pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2. This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate opens in a new window qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications opens in a new window .

In a small number of cases, pupils can have extremely negative progress scores that disproportionately affect a school’s overall progress score. To reduce the impact of these extreme scores, we set a limit on how negative a pupil’s progress score can be when calculating the school average. This will normally apply to 1 or 2 pupils per school, if any. Where a pupil’s score is more negative than this minimum value, an adjusted score will replace the pupil’s original progress score for the purpose of calculating a school’s overall progress average.

A score above zero means pupils made more progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

A score below zero means pupils made less progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

A negative progress score does not mean pupils made no progress, or the school has failed, rather it means pupils in the school made less progress than other pupils across England with similar results at the end of key stage 2.

Detailed guide to Progress 8 opens in a new window - for more information about how the Progress 8 score is calculated.

Pupils included in a school's Progress 8 score

Pupils who have no key stage 2 results (for example, those arriving at secondary school from an independent school or abroad) are not included in the Progress 8 measure. See the Secondary Accountability Measures opens in a new window guidance for more information

Schools and colleges not covering full Progress 8 period

Some schools start educating pupils partway through the 5-year period covered by Progress 8, which should be taken into account when comparing their results with schools that start at Key Stage 3. Progress 8 is not the most appropriate performance measure for university technical colleges, studio schools and some further education colleges. These establishments typically start educating pupils at age 14, with a focus on preparing pupils for their future careers by providing an integrated academic and professional education. Other headline measures, particularly pupil destinations, are more important for these establishments.

Entering EBacc

A pupil is considered to have entered for the English Baccalaureate if they entered for qualifications in English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography. The English Baccalaureate opens in a new window (EBacc) is not a test or qualification; it is a measure used to provide information about a particular range of qualifications.

University technical colleges, studio schools and some further education colleges with key stage 4 provision provide a specialist technical and professional education. It is not appropriate to expect the same rates of EBacc entry from these types of schools and colleges. They should decide on a case-by-case basis whether their specialist curriculum is compatible with the full EBacc.

EBacc average point score

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, meaning a total of 6 pillars) to create an average point score per pupil. This measure is an average across the subjects (i.e. we divide the total by 6) and so is on a different scale to Attainment 8 which we calculated by simply awarding points score across 8 qualifications (without dividing the total).

This measure is based on the better result of either English language or English literature when both subjects are taken, maths, the best 2 results from the single sciences (3 out of 4 must be taken), or results from the combined science, the better result from either geography or history and the best result in languages.

For more information about how the EBacc average point score is calculated view the detailed guide to EBacc APS opens in a new window .

Average points score at key stage 2

The average of the points score for all pupils at the end of key stage 2, based on teacher assessment for writing and test results in reading and maths.

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