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'Similar schools' means state-funded mainstream secondary schools across England whose key stage 4(opens a popup) pupils had similar expected achievement in year 11 based on their grades at the end of primary school (key stage 2)(opens a popup). Where possible, one or more better performing schools have been indicated within the similar schools grouping that are located within 75 miles of the school (see the key above for more information). If there is no better performing similar school based on our similar schools methodology within 75 miles of the school, a better performing school outside of the similar schools grouping has been indicated at the bottom of the page.

Some schools will not have a better performing school indicated. Please note that this does not necessarily mean that this school is the highest attaining school in the country, but that it has one of the highest Attainment 8 scores and therefore allocating a better school based on our current similar schools methodology is not possible. For further details on the methodology for similar schools for key stage 4, see School performance tables: about the data

Similar schools lists are normally updated each year in January, along with revised results data, and again later in Spring, along with final results data.

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Magna Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Poole
50.9 1
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.52
Well above national average
(0.29 to 0.76)
25.9
De La Salle School and Language College
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Essex
50.1 2
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.43
Above national average
(0.25 to 0.6)
25.7
Campion School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Warwickshire
50 3
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.37
Above national average
(0.14 to 0.6)
25.7
Alperton Community School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Brent
49.7 4
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.55
Well above national average
(0.4 to 0.7)
25.4
Cockburn School
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Leeds
49.5 5
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.38
Above national average
(0.23 to 0.52)
25.7
Woodside High School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Haringey
49.5 5
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.49
Above national average
(0.31 to 0.67)
25.8
University Academy Holbeach
(Academy)

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Local authority
Lincolnshire
49.4 7
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.41
Above national average
(0.25 to 0.57)
25.8
Levenshulme High School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Manchester
49.3 8
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.49
Above national average
(0.33 to 0.65)
25.7
Arrow Vale RSA Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Worcestershire
48.6 9
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.33
Above national average
(0.17 to 0.49)
25.8
Bedford Free School
(Academy)
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Local authority
Bedford
48.6 9
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.32
Above national average
(0.09 to 0.55)
25.9
Thomas Knyvett College
(Academy)
School with similar proportion of disadvantaged pupils

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Local authority
Surrey
48.3 11
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.26
Above national average
(0.05 to 0.48)
25.7
Greig City Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Haringey
48.2 12
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.32
Above national average
(0.16 to 0.48)
25.7
Arts and Media School Islington
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Islington
47.8 13
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.3
Above national average
(0.1 to 0.51)
25.6
King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Essex
47.6 14
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.2
Average
(0 to 0.4)
25.8
Villiers High School
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Ealing
47.5 15
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.34
Above national average
(0.16 to 0.51)
25
Abbot Beyne School
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Local authority
Staffordshire
47.3 16
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.14
Average
(-0.06 to 0.35)
25.6
Outwood Academy Foxhills
(Academy)

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Local authority
North Lincolnshire
47 17
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.27
Above national average
(0.08 to 0.47)
25.7
Our Lady's Catholic College
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Local authority
Lancashire
46.8 18
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.07
Average
(-0.14 to 0.27)
25.8
Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College
(Academy)

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Local authority
Wakefield
46.7 19
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.13
Average
(0 to 0.26)
25.7
Wigston College
(Academy)

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Local authority
Leicestershire
46.6 20
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.1
Average
(-0.02 to 0.23)
25.8
Challney High School for Girls
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Luton
45.9 21
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.08
Average
(-0.07 to 0.23)
25.6
Edenham High School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Croydon
45.7 22
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.03
Average
(-0.12 to 0.18)
25.8
Alde Valley Academy
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Local authority
Suffolk
45.6 23
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
0.01
Average
(-0.21 to 0.22)
25.8
Dartmouth Academy
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Local authority
Devon
45.5 24
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.07
Average
(-0.36 to 0.22)
25.6
St Peter's School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Cambridgeshire
45.3 25
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.09
Average
(-0.25 to 0.08)
25.7
The Crestwood School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Dudley
45.2 26
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.03
Average
(-0.21 to 0.15)
25.8
Tor Bridge High
(Academy)

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Local authority
Plymouth
44.8 27
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.07
Average
(-0.22 to 0.08)
25.7
Harrogate High School
(Academy)
School with similar proportion of disadvantaged pupils

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Local authority
North Yorkshire
44.6 28
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.09
Average
(-0.32 to 0.13)
25.8
Putteridge High School
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Luton
44.3 29
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.14
Average
(-0.34 to 0.06)
25.7
Manchester Enterprise Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Manchester
44.1 30
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.31
Below national average
(-0.54 to -0.09)
25.7
Winton Community Academy
(Academy)
School with similar proportion of disadvantaged pupils

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Local authority
Hampshire
44.1 30
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.16
Average
(-0.38 to 0.05)
25.7
Regent High School
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Camden
43.8 32
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.15
Average
(-0.35 to 0.04)
25.6
Rose Bridge Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Wigan
43.7 33
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.2
Below national average
(-0.39 to -0.02)
25.5
Melior Community Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
North Lincolnshire
43.6 34
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.21
Below national average
(-0.38 to -0.04)
25.6
St Augustine Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Kent
43.3 35
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.24
Below national average
(-0.45 to -0.02)
25.9
The Giles Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Lincolnshire
43.2 36
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.24
Below national average
(-0.41 to -0.07)
26
Birkenhead Park School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Wirral
42.1 37
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.36
Below national average
(-0.56 to -0.17)
25.7
Harborne Academy
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Local authority
Birmingham
41.4 38
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.15
Average
(-0.4 to 0.09)
25.5
Colne Primet Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Lancashire
41.2 39
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.5
Below national average
(-0.75 to -0.25)
25.3
Haven High Academy
(Academy)
School with similar proportion of disadvantaged pupils

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Local authority
Lincolnshire
40.8 40
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.49
Below national average
(-0.65 to -0.33)
25.5
Harewood College
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Local authority
Bournemouth
40.7 41
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.43
Below national average
(-0.62 to -0.24)
25.8
Marine Academy Plymouth
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Local authority
Plymouth
40.7 41
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.49
Below national average
(-0.69 to -0.3)
25.9
The East Manchester Academy
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Local authority
Manchester
40.7 41
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.56
Well below national average
(-0.72 to -0.4)
25.7
Newsome High School and Sports College
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Kirklees
40.3 44
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.51
Well below national average
(-0.71 to -0.31)
25.7
Da Vinci Community School
(Maintained School)

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Local authority
Derby
40.1 45
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.49
Below national average
(-0.69 to -0.3)
25.8
Northumberland CofE Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Northumberland
40.1 45
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.46
Below national average
(-0.64 to -0.27)
25.6
Isle of Wight Studio School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Isle of Wight
39 47
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.71
Well below national average
(-0.96 to -0.47)
25.8
University of Chester CE Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Cheshire West and Chester
38.6 48
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.71
Well below national average
(-0.91 to -0.51)
25.7
Swallow Hill Community College
(Academy)

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Local authority
Leeds
38.2 49
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.73
Well below national average
(-0.88 to -0.57)
25.7
Tong High School
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Local authority
Bradford
38.1 50
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.71
Well below national average
(-0.84 to -0.57)
25.7
Lostock College
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Local authority
Trafford
37.9 51
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.83
Well below national average
(-1.17 to -0.49)
26
St Helens College
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Local authority
St. Helens
37.4 52
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.81
Well below national average
(-1.14 to -0.49)
25.9
Tudor Grange Samworth Academy, A Church of England School
(Academy)

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Local authority
Leicester
34.9 53
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-1.12
Well below national average
(-1.37 to -0.88)
25.6
The Baverstock Academy
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Local authority
Birmingham
33.6 54
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.88
Well below national average
(-1.09 to -0.68)
25.8
The Voyager Academy
(Academy)

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Local authority
Peterborough
33.6 54
Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
-0.9
Well below national average
(-1.06 to -0.73)
25.6

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Harris Academy Battersea
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Local authority
Wandsworth
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Progress 8 score, description & confidence interval
1.14
Well above national average
(0.93 to 1.35)
26.5
Type of school

Academy - government funded but run by an academy trust rather than a local authority.
Independent school - privately funded.
Maintained school - government funded and run by a local authority.
Special school - schools that specialise in educating pupils with special educational needs.

For further explanation, see Types of school

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.

Progress 8

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 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

The average Progress 8 score for 'mainstream' schools in England is 0. Mainstream schools are schools that aren’t special schools or 'alternative provision settings' (for example pupil referral units). Most schools score between -1 and +1. If a school scores +1 and above, it shows that pupils made exceptionally good progress. If the score is below -0.5, the school may come under increased scrutiny and receive additional support.

Confidence intervals

It is difficult to say with certainty how much of the Progress 8 score is down to the school (which may have scored higher with a different group of pupils) and how much is down to the pupils (for example some may have performed well at any school). The confidence interval reflects this uncertainty. If the confidence intervals for two schools overlap, then we can't say for certain that the two Progress 8 scores for these schools are significantly different.

Generally speaking, the greater the number of students, the smaller the range of the confidence interval. For smaller schools, the confidence interval tends to be larger, since fewer pupils are included, and therefore the score will be more greatly impacted by performance of individual pupils.

A school is above average if their Progress 8 score is above 0 and the whole confidence interval is above 0. Similarly, a school is below average if their Progress 8 score is below 0 and the whole confidence interval is below 0.

More information on statistical confidence

How we calculate the Progress 8 descriptions ('bandings'):

Progress 8 descriptionSchool is given the description if...
Well above averageScore is 0.5 or higher, and lower confidence interval is 0 or higher.
Above averageScore is higher than 0 but lower than 0.5, and lower confidence interval is higher than 0.
Close to national averageLower confidence interval is 0 or lower, and the upper confidence interval is 0 or higher.
Below averageScore is -0.5 or higher but less than 0, and upper confidence interval is lower than 0.
Well below averageScore is lower than -0.5 and upper confidence interval is lower than 0.

Detailed guide to Progress 8 - for more information about how the Progress 8 score is calculated.

Attainment 8

Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

Position within the group

This is a ranking with the group of schools in the list, based on the Attainment 8 score.

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