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Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School (Academy) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Barnet 60.6 2 Well above average 1.11 89% 5.76 29.6
Preston Muslim Girls High School (Maintained school)
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Lancashire 61.7 1 Well above average 1.24 81% 5.66 29.6
Ashcroft Technology Academy (Academy) Open help text for Better performing and within 75 miles opens a popup
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Wandsworth 57.8 4 Well above average 0.74 98% 5.49 29.5
St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Greenwich 59.1 3 Well above average 0.91 48% 5.29 29.7
Penwortham Girls' High School (Maintained school)
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Lancashire 55.9 7 Well above average 0.64 74% 5.27 29.4
Brooke Weston Academy (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 56.8 5 Well above average 0.69 75% 5.2 29.5
Bullers Wood School (Academy)
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Bromley 56 6 Well above average 0.61 78% 5.15 29.6
Oasis Academy Silvertown (Academy)
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Newham 51.4 25 Average 0.16 75% 5 29.2
Denbigh School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Milton Keynes 53.2 16 Above average 0.29 64% 4.99 29.6
Saint Martin's Catholic Voluntary Academy (Academy)
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Leicestershire 54.6 11 Above average 0.49 54% 4.85 29.5
Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School (Maintained school)
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Coventry 52.4 22 Above average 0.25 79% 4.84 29.5
George Abbot School (Academy)
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Surrey 54.4 13 Above average 0.46 47% 4.82 29.4
Southam College (Academy)
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Warwickshire 54.4 13 Above average 0.46 48% 4.81 29.4
St Philip Howard Catholic School (Academy)
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West Sussex 55.6 8 Well above average 0.57 32% 4.81 29.4
Sharples School (Academy)
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Bolton 55.3 9 Well above average 0.52 29% 4.79 29.5
St Anne's Catholic School (Academy)
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Southampton 53.7 15 Well above average 0.56 45% 4.78 29.3
Cottenham Village College (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Cambridgeshire 52.7 20 Above average 0.34 33% 4.76 28.9
King Edward VII School (Maintained school)
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Sheffield 51.3 26 Above average 0.2 62% 4.75 29.2
Sedgefield Community College (Maintained school)
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County Durham 54.7 10 Well above average 0.51 51% 4.75 29.4
Kingsbridge Academy (Academy)
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Devon 52.8 19 Above average 0.31 62% 4.72 29.4
Tanbridge House School (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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West Sussex 54.5 12 Above average 0.49 34% 4.7 29.4
Framingham Earl High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Norfolk 52.6 21 Above average 0.26 47% 4.67 29.4
Judgemeadow Community College (Academy)
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Leicester 49.7 32 Average 0.02 71% 4.64 29.3
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy (Academy)
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Wiltshire 51.9 24 Above average 0.22 41% 4.64 29.4
John Ferneley College (Academy)
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Leicestershire 49.7 32 Average 0.01 74% 4.58 29.4
The Academy at Shotton Hall (Academy)
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County Durham 53.1 17 Above average 0.35 41% 4.58 29.6
Chenderit School (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 49.6 34 Average -0.04 58% 4.57 29.4
Dunraven School (Academy)
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Lambeth 51.2 27 Average 0.09 50% 4.56 29.5
Hartismere School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Suffolk 53 18 Above average 0.33 44% 4.54 29.3
Burford School (Academy)
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Oxfordshire 50.8 28 Average 0.12 32% 4.46 29.4
St Wilfrid's RC College (Academy)
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South Tyneside 50.4 30 Average 0.06 47% 4.43 29.6
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Cheshire East 52.4 22 Above average 0.24 18% 4.42 29.5
The Costello School (Academy)
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Hampshire 48.1 37 Below average -0.24 46% 4.41 29.6
Oldfield School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Bath and North East Somerset 48.8 36 Average -0.08 52% 4.4 29.6
Wombourne High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Staffordshire 47.9 39 Average -0.18 70% 4.37 29.5
Caroline Chisholm School (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 50.7 29 Average 0.1 33% 4.36 29.5
The Royal Liberty School (Academy)
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Havering 47.6 41 Average -0.19 51% 4.35 29.5
Greenshaw High School (Academy)
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Sutton 50 31 Average 0.05 33% 4.32 29.6
Springfield School (Academy)
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Portsmouth 46.6 48 Below average -0.29 65% 4.3 29.6
Bradon Forest School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Wiltshire 47.9 39 Below average -0.22 36% 4.19 29.4
Ingleby Manor Free School & Sixth Form (Academy)
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Stockton-on-Tees 47.3 46 Average -0.23 24% 4.17 29.2
Desborough College (Academy)
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Windsor and Maidenhead 47.6 41 Below average -0.26 32% 4.15 29.7
Shipston High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Warwickshire 48.1 37 Average -0.18 28% 4.1 29.7
Uplands Community College (Maintained school)
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East Sussex 49 35 Average -0.15 20% 4.09 29.4
Overton Grange School (Academy)
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Sutton 47.4 44 Average -0.18 20% 3.97 29.6
Sandwell Academy (Academy)
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Sandwell 47.4 44 Below average -0.24 67% 3.97 29.7
Honley High School (Maintained school)
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Kirklees 46.2 49 Below average -0.34 31% 3.96 29.5
Rye Hills Academy (Academy)
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Redcar and Cleveland 46.1 50 Below average -0.36 25% 3.92 29.3
Blessed William Howard Catholic School (Academy)
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Staffordshire 47.3 46 Below average -0.25 16% 3.87 29.5
City of London Academy (Southwark) (Academy)
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Southwark 44.7 53 Below average -0.47 79% 3.85 29.5
Horndean Technology College (Maintained school)
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Hampshire 47.5 43 Below average -0.21 18% 3.85 29.5
The Hermitage Academy (Academy)
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County Durham 45.7 51 Below average -0.39 28% 3.85 29.7
Campsmount Academy (Academy)
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Doncaster 45.3 52 Below average -0.41 19% 3.73 29.6
Winifred Holtby Academy (Academy)
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Kingston upon Hull, City of 43.4 54 Well below average -0.66 31% 3.61 29.4
West Hill School (Academy)
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Tameside 43.4 54 Well below average -0.59 8% 3.56 29.6
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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.

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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