'Similar schools' means schools across England whose key stage 4 pupils had similar achievement at the end of key stage 2 opens a popup . These figures are based on the results of pupils who finished key stage 4 in July 2019, which is the latest data available.
The list shows the selected school compared to other state-funded mainstream schools whose key stage 4 pupils were expected to achieve similar results in year 11 based on their grades at the end of primary school (key stage 2).
Two types of similar schools in the list are highlighted with a clickable question mark:
- Better performing schools that are located within 75 miles of the school
- Schools with a similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup .
If there is no similar school within the grouping that is classed as better performing, a better performing school outside of the similar schools grouping may be shown at the bottom of the page. In some cases, this may not be possible, for example if the school has very high attainment or there are no better performing schools within a 75 mile radius. For further details, including the criteria for better performing schools and how these are assigned, see similar schools guidance. opens in a new window
Similar schools lists are normally updated each year in January, along with revised opens a popup results data, and again later in Spring, along with final results data.
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|Al-Hijrah School (Maintained school)||Birmingham||54.8||1||Well above average 1.13||93%||5.09||28.2|
|Somervale School Specialist Media Arts College (Academy)||Bath and North East Somerset||50.3||2||Well above average 0.56||55%||4.11||28.2|
|The Langley Academy (Academy)||Slough||48||3||Above average 0.35||25%||4.01||28.2|
|King Edward VI Church of England Voluntary Controlled Upper School (Maintained school)||Suffolk||47.9||4||Above average 0.26||25%||4.18||28|
|Pensby High School (Maintained school)||Wirral||47.6||5||Above average 0.35||4%||3.88||28.3|
|Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy (Academy)||Derby||47.5||6||Above average 0.31||18%||3.95||27.9|
|Swanshurst School (Maintained school)||Birmingham||47.5||6||Above average 0.32||55%||4.27||27.8|
|Stradbroke High School (Academy)||Suffolk||47.3||8||Average 0.33||13%||4.02||27.8|
|Derby Moor Academy (Academy)||Derby||47.2||9||Above average 0.26||29%||4.14||28.1|
|Our Lady's Catholic High School (Maintained school)||Hackney||47.1||10||Above average 0.27||69%||4.44||28.2|
|Stanley High School (Academy)||Sefton||46.6||11||Above average 0.27||38%||3.99||28.3|
|Newfield Secondary School (Academy)||Sheffield||46.5||12||Above average 0.24||26%||4.07||28|
|Hall Cross Academy (Academy)||Doncaster||46.4||13||Above average 0.17||9%||3.54||27.9|
|Carleton High School (Academy)||Wakefield||46.3||14||Average 0.15||17%||3.88||27.9|
|King's Academy Ringmer (Academy)||East Sussex||46||15||Average 0.16||84%||4.27||27.8|
|Selby High School Specialist School for the Arts and Science (Maintained school)||North Yorkshire||45.4||16||Average 0.11||24%||3.91||28|
|Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (Academy)||Sandwell||45.1||17||Average 0.04||47%||3.73||28|
|St Michael's CE High School (Maintained school)||Sandwell||45.1||17||Average 0.07||20%||3.71||28|
|Barnsley Academy (Academy)||Barnsley||44.8||19||Average 0||46%||3.72||28|
|Codsall Community High School (Maintained school)||Staffordshire||44.6||20||0||10%||3.67||28.3|
|Sir William Ramsay School (Academy)||Buckinghamshire||44.6||20||Average 0.04||16%||3.67||28.1|
|Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School (Maintained school)||Reading||44.4||22||Average 0.03||14%||3.72||28.1|
|Cannock Chase High School (Academy)||Staffordshire||44.4||22||Average -0.01||5%||3.46||28.2|
|Thornhill Community Academy (Academy)||Kirklees||44.1||24||Average -0.04||24%||3.75||28.1|
|Treviglas Community College (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup||Cornwall||44.1||24||Average -0.01||12%||3.61||28.1|
|St John Fisher Catholic College (Academy)||Staffordshire||44||26||Average -0.06||26%||3.72||28|
|Bellerive FCJ Catholic College (Academy)||Liverpool||43.9||27||Average -0.09||22%||3.6||28.2|
|Mullion School (Academy)||Cornwall||43.7||28||Average -0.12||28%||3.81||28.2|
|The St Lawrence Academy (Academy)||North Lincolnshire||43.3||29||Average -0.13||62%||3.74||27.9|
|St Clement's High School (Academy)||Norfolk||43.1||30||Average -0.13||11%||3.54||28.1|
|Ark Alexandra Academy (Academy)||East Sussex||43||31||Average 0||29%||3.64||28.2|
|Retford Oaks Academy (Academy)||Nottinghamshire||42.8||32||Average -0.16||11%||3.44||28.3|
|The Hollins (Maintained school) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup||Lancashire||42.7||33||Average -0.17||6%||3.47||28.2|
|New College Leicester (Maintained school)||Leicester||42.3||34||Below average -0.26||31%||3.64||28|
|Great Torrington School (Academy)||Devon||42.2||35||Below average -0.22||41%||3.63||28.1|
|Old Buckenham High School (Academy)||Norfolk||42.2||35||Average -0.21||18%||3.68||28.1|
|Moreton School (Academy)||Wolverhampton||41.3||37||Below average -0.29||36%||3.25||28.2|
|Liskeard School and Community College (Academy)||Cornwall||40.7||38||Below average -0.38||26%||3.42||28.1|
|Bedlington Academy (Academy)||Northumberland||40.6||39||Below average -0.42||5%||3.31||28.3|
|Pegasus Academy (Academy)||Dudley||40.4||40||Below average -0.4||29%||3.48||28.1|
|Lawn Manor Academy (Academy)||Swindon||39.9||41||Below average -0.46||36%||3.57||27.9|
|St Cuthbert's RC High School (Maintained school)||Rochdale||39.4||42||Well below average -0.54||78%||3.65||28.2|
|The Brittons Academy (Academy)||Havering||39.4||42||Well below average -0.52||15%||3.27||28.2|
|Great Academy Ashton (Academy)||Tameside||39.1||44||Well below average -0.51||8%||3.31||28.1|
|The Whitehaven Academy (Academy)||Cumbria||39||45||Well below average -0.54||27%||3.51||28|
|The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form (Maintained school)||North Yorkshire||38.7||46||Well below average -0.58||27%||3.39||28.2|
|The Archbishop's School (Maintained school)||Kent||37.8||47||Well below average -0.68||29%||3.1||28.1|
|Bexleyheath Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup||Bexley||37.7||48||Well below average -0.67||32%||3.08||28.3|
|Hylands School (Academy)||Essex||37.6||49||Well below average -0.67||37%||3.2||27.9|
|Lathom High School : A Technology College (Maintained school)||Lancashire||37.4||50||Well below average -0.71||46%||3.27||28.2|
|Whitley Academy (Academy)||Coventry||37.4||50||Well below average -0.75||49%||3.12||28.1|
|The Hayesbrook School (Academy)||Kent||37.1||52||Well below average -0.71||14%||2.95||28.4|
|The King Edmund School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup||Essex||36.4||53||Well below average -0.79||2%||2.87||28.4|
|The Elstree UTC (Academy)||Hertfordshire||33.5||54||-1.16||0%||2.34||28.1|
|The Global Academy (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup||Hillingdon||30.7||55||-1.35||0%||2.57||28.3|
As there is no better performing similar school in this group, we've selected an additional school outside of the similar schools grouping. The method for selecting a school from outside this group is explained in similar schools guidance. opens in a new window
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Average point score at key stage 2 (Sorts by this column)
|Penrice Academy (Academy)||Cornwall||53||-- opens a popup||Above average 0.49||12%||4.46||29|
- Academy - government funded but run by an academy trust rather than a local authority.
- College - colleges generally are focused on the 16 to 18 phase of education and provide vocational as well as academic courses. Some colleges also provide for full-time study at key stage 4.
- 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.
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 .
This is a ranking within the group of schools in the list, based on the Attainment 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.
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.
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 .
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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