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The St Thomas the Apostle College (Maintained School)
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Southwark 53.4 2 Well above average 1 54% 4.79 28.1
Rushey Mead Academy (Academy)
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Leicester 54 1 Well above average 0.95 71% 5.19 28.1
Vandyke Upper School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Central Bedfordshire 50.6 3 0.49 39% 4.45 28.4
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Academy)
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Stoke-on-Trent 50.5 4 Above average 0.48 3% 3.48 28.5
Prince Henry's High School (Academy)
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Worcestershire 49.6 5 0.41 72% 4.62 28.4
The Vale Academy (Academy)
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North Lincolnshire 49 7 Above average 0.36 13% 4.14 28.3
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (Maintained School)
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Islington 48.2 9 Above average 0.34 4% 3.87 28.4
Norwood School (Maintained School)
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Lambeth 49.5 6 Above average 0.33 26% 4.11 28.4
Kingsmead School (Academy)
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Enfield 48.7 8 Above average 0.33 77% 4.52 28.3
The Blandford School (Maintained School) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Dorset 48.2 9 Above average 0.25 27% 4.22 28.4
Park Hall Academy (Academy)
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Solihull 47.9 12 Above average 0.23 6% 3.81 28.3
Wadebridge School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Cornwall 47.2 15 Above average 0.18 30% 4.06 28.3
Parkfield School (Academy)
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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council 45.2 18 Average 0.32 71% 4.34 28.1
Wellfield School (Maintained School)
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Durham 48.2 9 Average 0.26 24% 4.03 28.5
Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (Academy)
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Durham 47.9 12 Average 0.22 14% 3.45 28.3
Caterham High School (Maintained School)
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Redbridge 45.4 17 Average 0.18 49% 3.98 28.1
Hendon School (Academy)
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Barnet 47.3 14 Average 0.12 52% 4.32 27.9
Hatch End High School (Academy)
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Harrow 46.5 16 Average 0.07 69% 4.11 28.4
Beaumont Leys School (Maintained School)
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Leicester 45 21 Average 0.02 18% 3.85 28.1
Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Lincolnshire 45.1 19 Average 0 49% 3.98 28.5
Christ The King Voluntary Academy (Academy)
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Nottinghamshire 45 21 Average -0.02 54% 3.84 28.3
Sir Harry Smith Community College (Academy)
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Cambridgeshire 45.1 19 Average -0.05 27% 3.84 28.2
The Regis School (Academy)
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West Sussex 44.4 26 Average -0.06 37% 3.78 28.4
Saint Pius X Catholic High School A Specialist School in Humanities (Maintained School)
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Rotherham 44.9 23 Average -0.08 31% 3.89 28.5
Whitecross Hereford (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Herefordshire 44.7 24 Average -0.09 14% 3.76 28.2
Ely College (Academy)
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Cambridgeshire 44.7 24 Average -0.1 61% 4.09 28.1
The Macclesfield Academy (Academy)
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Cheshire East 44.2 27 Average -0.11 35% 3.96 28.3
Chace Community School (Maintained School)
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Enfield 43.9 28 Average -0.14 56% 3.87 28.3
Haggerston School (Maintained School)
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Hackney 43.1 30 Average -0.15 33% 3.68 28.2
Whittington Green School (Maintained School)
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Derbyshire 42.4 35 Average -0.27 12% 3.62 28.1
Manor Community Academy (Academy)
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Hartlepool 43.3 29 Below average -0.21 6% 3.29 28.3
Calderstones School (Maintained School)
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Liverpool 42.5 34 Below average -0.22 53% 3.9 28.2
St Edmunds Catholic Academy (Academy)
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Wolverhampton 42.8 31 Below average -0.24 70% 3.87 28.3
The Priory CofE Voluntary Aided School (Maintained School)
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Surrey 42.8 31 Below average -0.26 27% 3.71 28.4
St Michael's Church of England High School (Academy)
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Sefton 42.7 33 Below average -0.27 40% 3.68 28.3
Drapers' Academy (Academy)
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Havering 42.4 35 Below average -0.28 16% 3.39 28.3
Stratton Upper School (Academy)
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Central Bedfordshire 41.9 38 -0.35 35% 3.73 28.3
Heath Lane Academy (Academy)
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Leicestershire 41.8 39 Below average -0.35 0% 3.25 28.2
Bodmin College (Academy)
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Cornwall 42.3 37 Below average -0.36 10% 3.41 28
Brentwood County High School (Academy)
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Essex 41.5 40 Below average -0.41 29% 3.57 28.4
Bideford College (Academy)
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Devon 41.1 41 Below average -0.44 64% 3.87 28.4
Philips High School (Maintained School)
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Bury 40.8 42 Below average -0.46 44% 3.63 28.4
Corpus Christi Catholic High School (Maintained School)
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Lancashire 40.2 44 Below average -0.46 14% 3.16 28.3
Callington Community College (Academy)
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Cornwall 40.5 43 Below average -0.5 55% 3.61 28.4
Hayle Academy (Academy)
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Cornwall 40.1 46 Below average -0.5 23% 3.6 28.2
Thornhill Academy (Academy)
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Sunderland 40.2 44 Well below average -0.53 33% 3.28 28
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Thurrock 39.9 47 Well below average -0.54 42% 3.39 28.4
Alderwood School (Maintained School)
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Hampshire 37.7 48 Well below average -0.77 37% 3.43 28.4
Rose Bridge Academy (Academy)
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Wigan 37.5 50 Well below average -0.8 1% 2.71 28.4
Mulberry UTC (Academy)
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Tower Hamlets 37.6 49 -0.86 3% 3.06 28.1
Miltoncross Academy (Academy)
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Portsmouth 36.2 51 Well below average -0.91 82% 3.34 28.3
Siddal Moor Sports College (Maintained School)
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Rochdale 35 53 Well below average -1.03 3% 2.75 28.5
South Devon UTC (Academy)
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Devon 35.4 52 -1.1 0% 2.8 28.4
E-Act Royton and Crompton Academy (Academy)
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Oldham 33.1 54 Well below average -1.18 6% 2.57 28.4
The Lancaster Academy (Academy)
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Leicester 29.5 55 Well below average -1.22 18% 2.46 28.1

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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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