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Turton School (Maintained school)
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Bolton 47 46 Below average -0.24 37% 4.06 29.5
Woodhey High School (Maintained school)
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Bury 48.3 34 Average -0.08 77% 4.55 29.4
Cottenham Village College (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Cambridgeshire 52.7 15 Above average 0.34 33% 4.76 28.9
Hinchingbrooke School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Cambridgeshire 50.8 20 Average 0.15 31% 4.41 29.5
Upton-by-Chester High School (Maintained school)
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Cheshire West and Chester 49.5 25 Average -0.01 60% 4.67 29.3
Weaverham High School (Maintained school)
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Cheshire West and Chester 47.8 41 Average -0.13 44% 4.22 29.4
Mounts Bay Academy (Academy)
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Cornwall 48.2 36 Average -0.1 72% 4.27 29.4
Sedgefield Community College (Maintained school)
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County Durham 54.7 3 Well above average 0.51 51% 4.75 29.4
The Academy at Shotton Hall (Academy)
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County Durham 53.1 11 Above average 0.35 41% 4.58 29.6
William Howard School (Academy)
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Cumbria 46.4 47 Below average -0.33 29% 3.84 29.2
Landau Forte College (Academy)
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Derby 55.9 1 Well above average 0.66 50% 5.04 29.5
The Long Eaton School (Academy)
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Derbyshire 39.8 55 Well below average -0.95 44% 3.56 29.4
Tupton Hall School (Maintained school)
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Derbyshire 42.7 53 Well below average -0.64 59% 3.86 29.3
Kingsbridge Academy (Academy)
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Devon 52.8 14 Above average 0.31 62% 4.72 29.4
Elthorne Park High School (Maintained school)
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Ealing 53.4 8 Above average 0.46 40% 4.75 29.3
St John Payne Catholic School, Chelmsford (Maintained school)
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Essex 51.4 18 Average 0.19 16% 4.28 29.4
The Appleton School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Essex 48.1 37 Average -0.15 50% 4.19 29.6
The Clere School (Maintained school)
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Hampshire 43 52 Well below average -0.64 27% 3.54 29.6
Wildern School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Hampshire 52.9 13 Above average 0.33 31% 4.54 29.4
Kings Langley School (Academy)
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Hertfordshire 49 30 Average -0.05 31% 4.2 29.5
Haydon School (Academy)
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Hillingdon 48.1 37 Average -0.14 41% 4.14 29.5
Chiswick School (Academy)
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Hounslow 47.3 43 Below average -0.29 51% 4.27 29.4
Space Studio West London (Academy)
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Hounslow 40.5 54 -1.1 48% 3.63 29.6
The Mirfield Free Grammar (Academy)
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Kirklees 45.4 49 Below average -0.4 22% 3.82 29.3
Parrs Wood High School (Academy)
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Manchester 48.6 32 Average -0.05 45% 4.29 29.4
Denbigh School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Milton Keynes 53.2 10 Above average 0.29 64% 4.99 29.6
Oasis Academy Silvertown (Academy)
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Newham 51.4 18 Average 0.16 75% 5 29.2
Archbishop Sancroft High School (A Church of England Academy) (Academy)
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Norfolk 49.4 26 Average 0 23% 4.07 29.2
Framingham Earl High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Norfolk 52.6 16 Above average 0.26 47% 4.67 29.4
George Spencer Academy and Technology College (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Nottinghamshire 50.7 23 Average 0.13 45% 4.48 29.4
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Nottinghamshire 50.8 20 Average 0.14 29% 4.48 29.4
North Chadderton School (Academy)
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Oldham 47.3 43 Below average -0.22 41% 3.99 29.5
Burford School (Academy)
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Oxfordshire 50.8 20 Average 0.12 32% 4.46 29.4
Icknield Community College (Academy)
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Oxfordshire 49.8 24 Average 0.07 21% 4.42 29.3
Beal High School (Academy)
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Redbridge 54 6 Above average 0.44 46% 4.81 29.3
Woodbridge High School (Maintained school)
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Redbridge 52.3 17 Above average 0.37 72% 5 29.4
Rye Hills Academy (Academy)
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Redcar and Cleveland 46.1 48 Below average -0.36 25% 3.92 29.3
Hollingworth Academy (Academy)
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Rochdale 49.2 28 Average -0.03 8% 4.11 29.6
Sandwell Academy (Academy)
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Sandwell 47.4 42 Below average -0.24 67% 3.97 29.7
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South Gloucestershire 48.5 33 Average -0.1 62% 4.41 29.4
St Joseph's Catholic Academy (Academy)
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South Tyneside 48 39 Average -0.13 34% 4.12 29.5
St Anne's Catholic School (Academy)
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Southampton 53.7 7 Well above average 0.56 45% 4.78 29.3
Wombourne High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Staffordshire 47.9 40 Average -0.18 70% 4.37 29.5
Ingleby Manor Free School & Sixth Form (Academy)
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Stockton-on-Tees 47.3 43 Average -0.23 24% 4.17 29.2
Hartismere School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Suffolk 53 12 Above average 0.33 44% 4.54 29.3
Southmoor Academy (Academy)
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Sunderland 43.8 51 Well below average -0.52 73% 4.03 29.3
George Abbot School (Academy)
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Surrey 54.4 4 Above average 0.46 47% 4.82 29.4
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Swindon 49.4 26 Average 0.06 26% 4.32 29.4
Walthamstow School for Girls (Maintained school)
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Waltham Forest 55.5 2 Well above average 0.62 54% 5.03 29.5
Kineton High School (Maintained school)
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Warwickshire 48.3 34 Average -0.11 42% 4.26 29.4
Southam College (Academy)
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Warwickshire 54.4 4 Above average 0.46 48% 4.81 29.4
The Polesworth School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Warwickshire 48.7 31 Average -0.06 52% 4.36 29.3
Hanley Castle High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Worcestershire 53.3 9 Above average 0.37 72% 4.93 29.4
South Bromsgrove High (Academy)
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Worcestershire 49.2 28 -0.04 65% 4.48 29.4
The Stourport High School and Sixth Form College (Academy)
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Worcestershire 44.3 50 Below average -0.49 69% 4.19 29.3

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Type of school or college

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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