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Denbigh High School (Academy) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Luton 51.5 1 Well above average 0.82 77% 4.75 27.6
Selly Park Girls' School (Maintained school)
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Birmingham 47.5 5 Well above average 0.51 69% 4.24 27.7
Litcham School (Academy)
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Norfolk 45.1 8 Average 0.16 72% 4.23 27.7
The Reach Free School (Academy)
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Hertfordshire 45.1 8 Average 0 75% 4.2 27.6
Poole High School (Maintained school)
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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 47.8 4 Above average 0.48 51% 4.19 27.8
Cromer Academy (Academy)
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Norfolk 45 11 Average 0.19 82% 4.14 27.7
Henley Bank High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Gloucestershire 50 2 Well above average 0.66 10% 4.02 27.9
Set Saxmundham School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Suffolk 39.4 30 Below average -0.36 54% 3.82 27.5
Temple Moor High School Science College (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Leeds 45.5 7 Above average 0.29 28% 3.81 27.6
Goole Academy (Academy)
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East Riding of Yorkshire 46.7 6 Above average 0.37 19% 3.8 27.6
Mayfield School (Maintained school)
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Redbridge 42.4 17 Average 0.1 65% 3.8 27.5
The Garibaldi School (Academy)
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Nottinghamshire 48 3 Above average 0.47 18% 3.79 27.5
Bristol Brunel Academy (Academy)
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Bristol, City of 44.8 12 Above average 0.2 30% 3.74 27.6
The King's Academy (Academy)
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Middlesbrough 42.7 14 Average -0.06 35% 3.69 27.4
The Swanage School (Academy)
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Dorset 42.5 15 Average -0.03 40% 3.67 27.6
Outwood Academy Freeston (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Wakefield 41.3 23 Average -0.2 23% 3.62 27.5
Titus Salt School (Maintained school)
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Bradford 41.6 21 Average -0.14 45% 3.6 27.5
The Marvell College (Academy)
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Kingston upon Hull, City of 40.9 26 Average -0.21 73% 3.57 27.6
Harrow High School (Academy)
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Harrow 42 18 Average 0.11 25% 3.55 27.5
Haydock High School (Maintained school)
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St. Helens 45.1 8 Average 0.2 11% 3.55 27.5
Thomas Deacon Academy (Academy)
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Peterborough 43.4 13 Average 0.01 12% 3.55 27.7
Iceni Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Norfolk 38.2 40 Below average -0.45 20% 3.53 27.5
Stewards Academy - Science Specialist, Harlow (Academy)
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Essex 37.2 47 Well below average -0.63 54% 3.49 27.8
Ursuline College (Academy)
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Kent 41.3 23 Average -0.17 30% 3.47 28
Dyson Perrins CofE Academy (Academy)
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Worcestershire 41.8 20 Average -0.15 21% 3.44 27.5
Haydon Bridge Community High School and Sports College (Maintained school)
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Northumberland 41 25 Average -0.22 17% 3.39 27.9
The Stockwood Park Academy (Academy)
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Luton 38 42 Below average -0.49 37% 3.38 27.5
Samworth Church Academy (Academy)
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Nottinghamshire 38 42 Well below average -0.51 43% 3.35 27.6
The Grange School (Academy)
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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 42.5 15 Average -0.09 11% 3.34 27.7
Ridgeway Academy (Academy)
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Hertfordshire 40.2 28 Average -0.23 5% 3.33 27.9
Ss John Fisher and Thomas More Roman Catholic High School (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Lancashire 40.2 28 Below average -0.28 26% 3.33 27.6
Weston Favell Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Northamptonshire 38.4 38 Below average -0.41 21% 3.23 27.6
Falinge Park High School (Maintained school)
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Rochdale 38.5 37 Below average -0.45 15% 3.22 27.7
Ormiston SWB Academy (Academy)
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Wolverhampton 42 18 Average -0.12 11% 3.19 27.6
Francis Combe Academy (Academy)
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Hertfordshire 37.5 45 Well below average -0.52 44% 3.17 27.6
Springwell Community College (Maintained school)
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Derbyshire 38.9 34 Below average -0.43 12% 3.17 27.7
The Holmesdale School (Maintained school)
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Kent 39.2 31 Below average -0.36 0% 3.17 27.9
Plympton Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Plymouth 40.8 27 Average -0.2 25% 3.16 27.8
Tor Bridge High (Academy)
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Plymouth 41.5 22 Average -0.17 14% 3.16 27.8
The Malling School (Maintained school)
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Kent 36.9 48 Well below average -0.64 13% 3.14 27.5
Ullswater Community College (Maintained school)
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Cumbria 38.8 35 Below average -0.45 8% 3.14 27.8
Oakbank (Academy)
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Wokingham 38.3 39 Below average -0.5 13% 3.12 27.7
DSLV E-ACT Academy (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 39.1 32 Below average -0.44 3% 3.1 27.5
Aldercar High School (Maintained school)
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Derbyshire 37.5 45 Well below average -0.58 25% 3.09 27.6
UTC Oxfordshire (Academy)
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Oxfordshire 35.3 50 -0.84 13% 3.08 27.7
Beechwood School (Academy)
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Slough 38.7 36 Below average -0.5 1% 3.02 27.7
Waterhead Academy (Academy)
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Oldham 38.2 40 Below average -0.5 13% 3.02 27.7
Turves Green Boys' School (Maintained school)
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Birmingham 38 42 Below average -0.49 9% 2.96 27.6
The Oldershaw Academy (Academy)
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Wirral 34.8 51 Well below average -0.8 3% 2.82 27.6
City Academy Birmingham (Academy)
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Birmingham 33.2 52 Well below average -1 19% 2.68 28
Beacon High (Maintained school)
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Islington 32.8 54 Well below average -1.01 13% 2.62 27.9
St George's Church of England Foundation School (Maintained school)
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Kent 39 33 Below average -0.43 11% 2.62 27.9
Fearns Community Sports College (Maintained school)
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Lancashire 31.5 55 Well below average -1.19 2% 2.51 27.7
Thomas Telford University Technical College (Academy)
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Wolverhampton 36.8 49 -0.64 2% 2.39 27.3
The Leigh UTC (Academy)
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Kent 33 53 -1.08 0% 2.23 28
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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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