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Walton Academy (Academy)
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Lincolnshire 51.4 1 Well above average 0.98 40% 4.58 27.3
The Halifax Academy (Academy)
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Calderdale 46.9 2 Above average 0.49 24% 3.96 27.3
North Cambridge Academy (Academy)
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Cambridgeshire 45.6 3 Average 0.26 3% 3.39 27.3
Burnage Academy for Boys (Academy)
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Manchester 44.3 4 Above average 0.31 6% 3.78 26.8
Rockwood Academy (Academy)
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Birmingham 44.1 5 Average 0.19 51% 3.9 26.9
Cornwallis Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Kent 43.8 6 Average 0.17 26% 3.77 27.5
Stoke Park School (Academy)
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Coventry 43.8 6 Average 0.19 19% 3.68 27
Ark Boulton Academy (Academy)
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Birmingham 43.5 8 Average 0.15 51% 4.03 27.1
The Aylesbury Vale Academy (Academy)
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Buckinghamshire 43.5 8 Average 0.2 2% 3.36 27.5
Oasis Academy Hadley (Academy)
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Enfield 43.4 10 Average 0.19 33% 3.6 27.3
Cliff Park Ormiston Academy (Academy)
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Norfolk 43.3 11 Average 0.14 28% 3.45 27.3
Dartmouth Academy (Academy)
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Devon 43 12 Average 0.17 21% 3.33 27.3
Stockport Academy (Academy)
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Stockport 42.7 13 Average 0.1 38% 3.64 27.1
Sir John Thursby Community College (Maintained school)
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Lancashire 42 14 Average 0.02 72% 3.93 27.1
Harborne Academy (Academy)
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Birmingham 41.7 15 Average 0.1 16% 3.47 27.1
Outwood Academy Carlton (Academy)
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Barnsley 41.2 16 Average -0.09 5% 3.4 27.1
Saltley Academy (Academy)
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Birmingham 41.1 17 Average -0.02 56% 3.56 27.2
South Wirral High School (Maintained school)
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Wirral 41 18 Average -0.1 20% 3.37 27.5
Stowupland High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Suffolk 40.6 19 Average -0.13 24% 3.37 27.4
Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge (Academy)
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Oxfordshire 40.4 20 Average -0.17 29% 3.28 27.4
Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre (Academy)
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Worcestershire 40.4 20 -0.11 18% 3.26 27.4
St Gregory the Great Catholic School (Academy)
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Oxfordshire 40.1 22 Average -0.13 11% 3.24 27
Studio West (Academy)
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Newcastle upon Tyne 40.1 22 Average -0.17 0% 2.61 27.1
Manchester Academy (Academy)
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Manchester 39.9 24 Average -0.09 8% 3.2 27.1
Wellfield High School (Maintained school)
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Lancashire 39.5 25 Average -0.24 15% 3.3 27.4
Set Beccles School (Academy)
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Suffolk 39.2 26 Average -0.21 21% 3.44 27.3
The Winsford Academy (Academy)
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Cheshire West and Chester 39.1 27 Below average -0.28 20% 3.35 27.4
The Clarendon Academy (Academy)
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Wiltshire 38.8 28 Below average -0.32 45% 3.49 27.3
The Featherstone Academy (Academy)
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Wakefield 38.6 29 Below average -0.33 10% 3.37 27.4
The Hathaway Academy (Academy)
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Thurrock 38.6 29 Average -0.16 53% 3.42 27.1
St Mark's CofE School (Maintained school)
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Bath and North East Somerset 38.4 31 Well below average -0.54 14% 3.23 27
The Crestwood School (Academy)
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Dudley 38.4 31 Below average -0.36 53% 3.19 27.5
Harris Academy Tottenham (Academy)
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Haringey 37.8 33 Average -0.29 69% 3.53 27.3
Aylesford School (Maintained school)
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Kent 37.3 34 Below average -0.43 15% 2.97 27.7
Co-op Academy North Manchester (Academy)
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Manchester 37.2 35 Well below average -0.64 36% 3.23 27.2
The Rudheath Senior Academy (Academy)
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Cheshire West and Chester 37.1 36 Below average -0.47 75% 3.55 27.3
The Parker E-ACT Academy (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 37 37 Below average -0.48 11% 3.09 27.5
Benfield School (Academy)
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Newcastle upon Tyne 36.9 38 Well below average -0.57 2% 3 27.5
All Saints Catholic High School (Maintained school)
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Knowsley 36.6 39 Well below average -0.56 4% 2.83 27.6
Ellis Guilford School (Maintained school)
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Nottingham 35.4 40 Well below average -0.64 18% 2.76 27.2
The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (Academy)
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Liverpool 35.3 41 Well below average -0.73 8% 2.72 26.7
Thrybergh Academy and Sports College (Academy)
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Rotherham 35 42 Well below average -0.65 13% 2.52 27.2
Lea Manor High School Performing Arts College (Maintained school)
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Luton 34.9 43 Well below average -0.69 13% 3.03 27
Beacon Hill Community School (Maintained school)
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Cumbria 34.7 44 Well below average -0.71 6% 2.56 27.3
Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School (Maintained school)
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Lancashire 33.8 45 Well below average -0.83 8% 2.48 27.5
Kirkby High School (Academy)
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Knowsley 33.5 46 Well below average -0.82 5% 2.63 27.5
The Mandeville School (Maintained school)
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Buckinghamshire 33.4 47 Well below average -0.72 4% 2.72 27.2
University of Chester CE Academy (Academy)
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Cheshire West and Chester 33.3 48 Well below average -0.77 36% 2.86 27.1
Almondbury Community School (Maintained school)
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Kirklees 33.2 49 Well below average -0.77 86% 3.25 27.5
All Saints Church of England Academy (Academy)
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Plymouth 32.7 50 Well below average -0.89 13% 2.67 27.4
Crewe Engineering and Design UTC (Academy)
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Cheshire East 31.9 51 -1.14 6% 2.41 27.2
Park Lane Learning Trust (Maintained school)
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Calderdale 31 52 Well below average -1.07 30% 2.75 27.1
Sir William Stanier Community School (Academy)
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Cheshire East 29.3 53 Well below average -1.12 12% 2.33 27.1
Buckinghamshire UTC (Academy)
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Buckinghamshire 27.1 54 -1.38 0% 2.12 27.4
Waterfront UTC (Academy)
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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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