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Schools similar toSowerby Bridge High School

'Similar schools' means schools across England whose key stage 4 pupils had similar achievement at the end of key stage 2 opens a popup . These figures are based on the results of pupils who finished key stage 4 in July 2019, which is the latest data available.

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The list shows the selected school compared to other state-funded mainstream schools whose key stage 4 pupils were expected to achieve similar results in year 11 based on their grades at the end of primary school (key stage 2).

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If there is no similar school within the grouping that is classed as better performing, a better performing school outside of the similar schools grouping may be shown at the bottom of the page. In some cases, this may not be possible, for example if the school has very high attainment or there are no better performing schools within a 75 mile radius. For further details, including the criteria for better performing schools and how these are assigned, see similar schools guidance. opens in a new window

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Ferndown Upper School (Maintained school)
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Dorset 47.4 1 0.63 22% 3.9 26.9
Sowerby Bridge High School (Maintained school)
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Calderdale 45.4 2 Well above average 0.6 9% 3.44 26.4
Dixons Allerton Academy (Academy)
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Bradford 44.4 3 Above average 0.38 59% 3.97 27
Serlby Park Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Nottinghamshire 44.2 4 Above average 0.38 32% 3.73 27
Coleridge Community College (Academy)
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Cambridgeshire 43.9 5 Average 0.01 88% 4.27 26.9
Barr's Hill School and Community College (Academy)
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Coventry 43.7 6 Well above average 0.67 43% 3.96 26.4
Four Dwellings Academy (Academy)
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Birmingham 43.6 7 Average 0.03 35% 3.82 26.9
Bruntcliffe Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Leeds 43.5 8 Above average 0.29 20% 3.54 26.9
Oasis Academy Shirley Park (Academy)
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Croydon 43.5 8 Above average 0.26 83% 3.93 27
Heron Hall Academy (Academy)
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Enfield 43.2 10 Average 0.28 95% 4.09 26.8
De Warenne Academy (Academy)
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Doncaster 43.1 11 Above average 0.27 7% 3.4 26.8
Dagenham Park CofE School (Maintained school)
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Barking and Dagenham 43 12 Average 0.14 53% 3.86 26.5
The Phoenix Collegiate (Maintained school)
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Sandwell 41.9 13 Average 0.08 5% 3.37 26.8
Holyhead School (Academy)
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Birmingham 41.8 14 Average 0.1 42% 3.57 27
George Mitchell School (Maintained school)
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Waltham Forest 41.2 15 Average 0.26 51% 3.64 26.7
City of London Academy Islington (Academy)
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Islington 41.1 16 Average -0.07 50% 3.79 26.9
Alec Reed Academy (Academy)
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Ealing 40.5 17 Average -0.26 80% 3.65 26.9
Wrenn School (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 40.3 18 Average 0.04 34% 3.44 26.9
Washwood Heath Academy (Academy)
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Birmingham 40 19 Average 0.01 41% 3.5 26.7
Hyde High School (Maintained school)
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Tameside 39.7 20 Average -0.14 13% 3.17 27
Orchards Academy (Academy)
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Kent 39.7 20 Average -0.09 38% 3.42 26.9
Duke's Aldridge (Academy)
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Haringey 39.5 22 Average -0.01 25% 3.43 26.5
Sarum Academy (Academy)
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Wiltshire 39.5 22 Average -0.01 0% 3.02 27.1
Forest Hall School (Academy)
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Essex 39.4 24 Average -0.09 28% 3.27 26.8
Brompton Academy (Academy)
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Medway 39 25 Average -0.12 17% 3.09 26.9
Holte School (Maintained school)
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Birmingham 38.8 26 Average -0.07 22% 3.19 26.8
Risedale Sports and Community College (Maintained school)
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North Yorkshire 38.4 27 Average -0.23 41% 3.29 27
Strood Academy (Academy)
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Medway 38.4 27 Below average -0.23 3% 3.1 27.1
John Spendluffe Foundation Technology College (Academy)
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Lincolnshire 38.3 29 Average -0.18 30% 3.02 27.1
The Eastbourne Academy (Academy)
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East Sussex 38.3 29 Below average -0.3 14% 3.13 26.9
Our Lady and St John Catholic College (Maintained school)
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Blackburn with Darwen 37.8 31 Below average -0.3 37% 3.09 26.9
Greenwood Academy (Academy)
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Birmingham 37.5 32 Below average -0.41 27% 3.24 27
Lord Derby Academy (Academy)
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Knowsley 37.5 32 Below average -0.3 75% 3.45 27
The Milton Keynes Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Milton Keynes 37.5 32 Below average -0.36 14% 2.64 26.7
Walderslade Girls' School (Academy)
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Medway 37.2 35 Below average -0.34 2% 2.76 27
Thistley Hough Academy (Academy)
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Stoke-on-Trent 36.8 36 Below average -0.32 52% 3.12 26.1
Bebington High Sports College (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Wirral 36.6 37 Below average -0.41 38% 3.04 27.1
Wayland Academy (Academy)
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Norfolk 36.5 38 Below average -0.34 21% 3.3 26.7
The Priory Pembroke Academy (Academy)
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Lincolnshire 36.3 39 Below average -0.41 4% 3.15 27
Oasis Academy Brightstowe (Academy)
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Bristol, City of 36.1 40 Below average -0.39 27% 3.07 26.6
Meridian High School (Academy)
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Croydon 35.8 41 Below average -0.44 17% 2.91 26.9
Academy 360 (Academy)
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Sunderland 35.7 42 Well below average -0.51 32% 2.82 26.5
Bourne End Academy (Academy)
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Buckinghamshire 35.3 43 Below average -0.48 15% 2.89 26.9
North Huddersfield Trust School (Maintained school)
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Kirklees 35.1 44 Well below average -0.53 9% 2.75 26.7
City Academy Norwich (Academy)
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Norfolk 34.8 45 Well below average -0.53 34% 2.83 26.8
Leek High School (Academy)
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Staffordshire 34.8 45 -0.56 3% 2.8 27.1
Solway Community School (Maintained school)
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Cumbria 34.7 47 Well below average -0.61 22% 2.88 27.3
The Prescot School (Academy)
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Knowsley 34.4 48 Well below average -0.61 20% 2.7 26.9
Willenhall E-ACT Academy (Academy)
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Walsall 33.6 49 Well below average -0.72 37% 2.86 27
All Saints Academy Dunstable (Academy)
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Central Bedfordshire 33.5 50 Well below average -0.67 73% 2.94 26.9
The Giles Academy (Academy)
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Lincolnshire 33.4 51 Well below average -0.68 21% 2.75 27
Broadgreen International School, A Technology College (Maintained school)
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Liverpool 31.7 52 Well below average -0.9 32% 2.53 27.1
Dover Christ Church Academy (Academy)
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Kent 30.9 53 Well below average -0.94 4% 2.37 26.8
The Royal Harbour Academy (Maintained school)
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Kent 28 54 Well below average -1.19 0% 1.95 27.2
Hugh Baird College (College)
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Sefton 14.8 55 -2.52 0% 1.17 26.8

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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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