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Nishkam High School (Academy)
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Birmingham 56.1 1 Well above average 0.99 95% 5.28 28.8
Harris Academy Chafford Hundred (Academy)
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Thurrock 55.4 2 Well above average 0.89 61% 5.01 28.6
Paddington Academy (Academy)
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Westminster 54.6 3 Well above average 0.94 83% 5.3 28.6
St Thomas More Catholic School (Academy)
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Haringey 51.3 4 Well above average 0.72 41% 4.58 28.5
St Edmund's Catholic School (Maintained School)
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Portsmouth 50.8 5 Above average 0.42 29% 4.31 28.5
The Sydney Russell School (Academy)
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Barking and Dagenham 50.1 6 Above average 0.38 67% 4.44 28.4
Wye School (Academy)
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Kent 49.6 7 Above average 0.33 85% 4.73 28.9
The Duston School (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 48.9 8 Above average 0.28 30% 4.15 28.5
Alleyne's Academy (Academy)
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Staffordshire 48.7 9 0.23 21% 4.16 28.5
Studley High School (Academy)
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Warwickshire 48.5 10 Average 0.23 49% 4.19 28.7
Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls' School (Maintained School)
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Southwark 48.3 11 Above average 0.31 69% 4.4 28.4
The Hazeley Academy (Academy)
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Milton Keynes 48.3 11 Average 0.14 61% 4.35 28.7
Swinton Academy (Academy)
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Rotherham 48.2 13 Average 0.19 25% 4.13 28.6
The Priory School (Maintained School)
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Hertfordshire 48 14 Average 0.16 20% 4.16 28.5
Parkside School (Maintained School)
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Bradford 47.4 15 Average 0.12 8% 3.68 28.6
Meadowhead School Academy Trust (Academy)
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Sheffield 47.2 16 Average 0.1 46% 4.11 28.5
Woldgate School and Sixth Form College (Academy)
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East Riding of Yorkshire 47.2 16 Average 0.09 26% 4.13 28.6
The Portsmouth Academy (Academy)
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Portsmouth 47.1 18 Average 0.13 16% 4.01 28.6
Thurston Community College (Maintained School)
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Suffolk 46.8 19 Average 0.04 22% 3.96 28.5
Westbourne Academy (Academy)
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Suffolk 46.8 19 Average 0.18 54% 4.04 28.4
St George's School A Church of England Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Blackpool 46.7 21 Average 0.04 16% 3.72 28.7
Wadham School (Maintained School)
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Somerset 46.6 22 0.05 60% 4.27 28.3
Redmoor Academy (Academy)
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Leicestershire 46.3 23 Average 0.01 25% 3.89 28.6
Walton High (Academy)
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Milton Keynes 46.2 24 Average -0.06 39% 3.99 28.6
John Colet School (Academy)
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Buckinghamshire 46.1 25 Average -0.02 40% 4.16 28.7
Ashfield Comprehensive School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Nottinghamshire 45.9 26 Average -0.05 17% 3.66 28.5
Penwortham Priory Academy (Academy)
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Lancashire 45.6 27 Average -0.09 8% 3.58 28.7
Bishop Justus CofE School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Bromley 45.5 28 Average -0.09 37% 3.88 28.6
Shavington Academy (Academy)
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Cheshire East 45.5 28 Average -0.07 27% 3.76 28.8
Penketh High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Warrington 45.3 30 Average -0.09 68% 4.05 28.7
Sprowston Community Academy (Academy)
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Norfolk 45.1 31 Average -0.12 15% 3.76 28.6
Sturminster Newton High School (Maintained School)
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Dorset 45.1 31 Average -0.11 77% 4.18 28.8
Lode Heath School (Academy)
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Solihull 45 33 Average -0.13 51% 3.99 28.7
Burnside College (Maintained School) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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North Tyneside 44.7 34 Average -0.13 34% 3.56 28.6
Sir Thomas Fremantle School (Academy)
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Buckinghamshire 44.7 34 Average -0.11 87% 4.31 28.8
Langdon Park Community School (Maintained School)
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Tower Hamlets 44.5 36 Below average -0.23 17% 3.71 28.8
King James I Academy Bishop Auckland (Academy)
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Durham 44.4 37 Average -0.15 3% 3.32 28.5
Coombeshead Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Devon 44.3 38 Average -0.19 45% 3.97 28.7
Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre (Academy)
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Gloucestershire 44.3 38 Average -0.16 31% 3.73 28.7
Appleby Grammar School (Academy)
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Cumbria 44.1 40 Average -0.21 57% 4.04 28.6
St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy (Academy)
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Stoke-on-Trent 44.1 40 Below average -0.2 5% 3.36 28.9
Budehaven Community School (Maintained School)
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Cornwall 44 42 Below average -0.24 60% 3.97 28.7
St Thomas à Becket Catholic Secondary School, A Voluntary Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Wakefield 43.5 43 Below average -0.28 52% 3.98 28.1
St Mary's Catholic High School (Maintained School) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Lancashire 43.3 44 Below average -0.27 33% 3.73 28.6
Ash Green School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Warwickshire 43.1 45 Below average -0.31 27% 3.68 28.7
Parrenthorn High School (Maintained School) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Bury 42.8 46 Below average -0.35 57% 3.68 28.6
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (Academy)
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Blackburn with Darwen 42.4 47 Below average -0.37 20% 3.34 28.4
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Cornwall 42.2 48 Below average -0.39 29% 3.57 28.6
City of London Academy Highbury Grove (Academy)
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Islington 41.8 49 Below average -0.41 67% 3.94 28.6
West Coventry Academy (Academy)
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Coventry 40.4 50 Well below average -0.58 49% 3.54 28.7
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Coventry 39.8 51 -0.74 3% 3.1 28.6
St Cuthbert's Catholic High School (Maintained School)
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St. Helens 39.2 52 Well below average -0.77 23% 3.33 28.7
Heworth Grange School (Academy)
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Gateshead 38.8 53 Well below average -0.74 43% 3.44 28.6
Freebrough Academy (Academy)
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Redcar and Cleveland 36.9 54 Well below average -0.93 10% 2.86 28.7
Hebburn Comprehensive School (Maintained School)
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South Tyneside 36.9 54 Well below average -0.93 5% 2.95 28.6

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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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