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St Paul's Catholic College (Maintained school)
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West Sussex 56.2 1 Well above average 0.69 25% 4.8 29.4
Guru Nanak Sikh Academy (Academy)
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Hillingdon 55.8 2 Well above average 0.7 84% 5.27 29.3
Harris Academy Greenwich (Academy)
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Greenwich 55 3 Well above average 0.57 87% 5.3 29.5
Beverley High School (Maintained school)
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East Riding of Yorkshire 54.5 4 Well above average 0.51 65% 4.98 29.3
St Patrick's RC High School and Arts College (Maintained school)
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Salford 54.5 4 Well above average 0.55 66% 4.97 29.4
Cockermouth School (Academy)
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Cumbria 54.3 6 Well above average 0.51 48% 5.03 29.4
Gaynes School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Havering 52.8 7 Above average 0.36 15% 4.42 29.3
St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College (Maintained school)
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County Durham 52.5 8 Above average 0.34 41% 4.59 29.2
Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School (Maintained school)
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Leeds 51.9 9 Above average 0.33 88% 4.96 29.1
Norton Hill Academy (Academy)
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Bath and North East Somerset 51.6 10 Above average 0.23 75% 4.39 29.4
St Benedict's Catholic School (Maintained school)
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Suffolk 51.6 10 Above average 0.28 33% 4.67 29.1
Park High School (Academy)
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Harrow 51.2 12 Above average 0.26 65% 4.59 29.3
Southgate School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Enfield 51.1 13 Above average 0.25 34% 4.48 29.5
Sydenham School (Maintained school)
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Lewisham 51.1 13 Average 0.17 73% 4.63 29.3
Tuxford Academy (Academy)
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Nottinghamshire 51.1 13 Above average 0.2 13% 4.22 29.5
The Nelson Thomlinson School (Maintained school)
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Cumbria 50.9 16 Average 0.17 57% 4.72 29.3
The Knights Templar School (Academy)
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Hertfordshire 50.5 17 Average 0.12 67% 4.8 29.2
West Park School (Academy)
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Derby 50.1 18 Average 0.11 54% 4.39 29.3
Rainhill High School (Academy)
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St. Helens 50 19 Average 0.1 48% 4.34 29.4
St Edward's Church of England Academy (Academy)
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Havering 50 19 Average 0.04 47% 4.25 29.2
Uckfield College (Maintained school)
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East Sussex 49.9 21 Average 0.08 22% 4.21 29.3
Bishopshalt School (Academy)
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Hillingdon 49.5 22 Average 0.06 49% 4.37 29.2
The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Kingston upon Thames 49.5 22 Average 0.03 59% 4.49 29.2
City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy (Academy)
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Norfolk 48.9 24 Average -0.04 11% 4.01 29.2
Gildredge House (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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East Sussex 48.6 25 Average -0.07 73% 4.47 29.1
Q3 Academy Great Barr (Academy)
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Sandwell 48.5 26 Average -0.04 41% 4.44 29.5
Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Wakefield 48.4 27 Average -0.07 32% 4.21 29.3
Imberhorne School (Maintained school)
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West Sussex 48.3 28 Average -0.07 62% 4.46 29.3
Guiseley School (Maintained school)
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Leeds 48.2 29 Average -0.07 79% 4.56 29.3
Birkdale High School (Academy)
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Sefton 48 30 Average -0.08 46% 4.19 29.4
Hall Mead School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Havering 48 30 Average -0.08 55% 4.42 29.3
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic High School (Maintained school)
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Halton 47.9 32 Average -0.1 31% 3.94 29.5
Wapping High School (Academy)
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Tower Hamlets 47.8 33 Average -0.27 78% 4.62 29.1
Highfields School (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Derbyshire 47.7 34 Average -0.1 29% 4.09 29.2
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South Gloucestershire 47.6 35 Average -0.14 24% 3.92 29.2
Buxton Community School (Maintained school)
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Derbyshire 47.3 36 Average -0.18 17% 4.04 29.3
Eckington School (Academy)
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Derbyshire 47.1 37 Below average -0.21 28% 4.21 29.4
The Market Weighton School (Maintained school)
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East Riding of Yorkshire 47.1 37 Average -0.25 34% 4.09 29.5
Cox Green School (Academy)
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Windsor and Maidenhead 46.7 39 Below average -0.31 52% 4.26 29.5
Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Stockton-on-Tees 46.5 40 Below average -0.28 76% 4.12 29.2
Wales High School (Academy)
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Rotherham 46.5 40 Below average -0.28 60% 4.24 29.3
Budmouth College (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Dorset 46.2 42 Below average -0.29 64% 4.16 29.4
The Radcliffe School (Maintained school)
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Milton Keynes 45.8 43 Below average -0.3 21% 3.66 29.3
Trinity CofE High School (Academy)
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Manchester 45.8 43 Below average -0.32 32% 3.79 29.3
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Shropshire 45.4 45 Below average -0.37 29% 4.07 29.3
Oasis Academy Sholing (Academy)
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Southampton 44.6 46 Below average -0.46 34% 3.92 29.4
The Ravensbourne School (Academy)
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Bromley 44.6 46 Below average -0.48 20% 3.62 29.5
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South Gloucestershire 44.5 48 Below average -0.44 69% 4.06 29.4
London Design and Engineering UTC (Academy)
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Newham 44.3 49 -0.45 4% 3.52 29.5
Fareham Academy (Academy)
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Hampshire 43.8 50 Well below average -0.59 32% 3.7 29.5
Longdendale High School (Academy)
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Tameside 43.8 50 Below average -0.47 63% 3.62 29.4
Maricourt Catholic High School (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Sefton 43.7 52 Well below average -0.57 17% 3.58 29.4
Sanders School (Academy)
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Havering 43.2 53 Well below average -0.57 26% 3.67 29.4
Hasland Hall Community School (Maintained school)
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Derbyshire 41.2 54 Well below average -0.78 38% 3.65 29.2
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Hampshire 40.7 55 Well below average -0.89 35% 3.65 29.4

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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.

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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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