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Swanlea School (Maintained school)
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Tower Hamlets 54.2 1 Well above average 0.81 49% 4.65 28.7
St Mary's College, Voluntary Catholic Academy (Academy)
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Kingston upon Hull, City of 54 2 Well above average 0.77 77% 5 28.2
Shelley College, A Share Academy (Academy)
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Kirklees 52.4 3 0.62 68% 4.82 28.5
Manor Croft Academy (Academy)
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Kirklees 52.1 4 Well above average 0.68 21% 4.29 28.4
St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy (Academy)
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Derbyshire 50.3 5 Above average 0.36 27% 4.2 28.2
Thomas Alleyne's High School (Academy)
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Staffordshire 50.1 6 0.38 28% 4.26 28.5
All Saints Catholic College (Maintained school)
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Kensington and Chelsea 49.6 7 Average 0.3 37% 4.27 28.3
St Oscar Romero Catholic School (Maintained school)
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West Sussex 48.9 8 Above average 0.29 27% 4.02 28.5
Belmont Community School (Maintained school)
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County Durham 48.3 9 Above average 0.23 19% 4.16 28.7
Ryburn Valley High School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Calderdale 48.3 9 Above average 0.22 30% 4.01 28.6
Wootton Upper School (Academy)
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Bedford 48.1 11 0.19 29% 4.09 28.6
St Wilfrid's Catholic Comprehensive School, Crawley (Maintained school)
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West Sussex 48 12 Above average 0.22 23% 4.08 28.6
West Somerset College (Academy)
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Somerset 47.8 13 0.15 13% 3.83 28.4
Co-op Academy Manchester (Academy)
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Manchester 47.5 14 Average 0.06 31% 3.97 28.5
Hellesdon High School (Academy)
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Norfolk 47.1 15 Average 0.08 23% 4.07 28.6
Carlton Academy (Academy)
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Nottinghamshire 47 16 Average 0.1 30% 4.06 28.3
Dereham Neatherd High School (Academy)
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Norfolk 47 16 Average 0.15 40% 4.42 28.5
Coppice Performing Arts School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Wolverhampton 46.9 18 Average 0.07 9% 3.65 28.7
Claydon High School (Academy)
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Suffolk 46.6 19 Average -0.03 41% 4.18 28.6
Frome Community College (Maintained school)
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Somerset 46.6 19 0.07 22% 3.92 28.5
Kensington Aldridge Academy (Academy)
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Kensington and Chelsea 46.5 21 Average 0 39% 4.14 28.6
Kirk Balk Academy (Academy)
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Barnsley 46.2 22 Average 0 40% 3.81 28.6
Long Field Academy (Academy)
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Leicestershire 46.2 22 Average -0.01 38% 3.92 28.5
Bartley Green School (Academy)
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Birmingham 45.9 24 Average 0 29% 3.92 28.4
Unity College (Maintained school)
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Lancashire 45.8 25 Average -0.06 39% 3.99 28.6
The Chalfonts Community College (Academy)
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Buckinghamshire 45.7 26 Average 0.01 20% 3.79 28.6
Grace Academy Solihull (Academy)
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Solihull 45.6 27 Average -0.06 0% 3.63 28.6
James Calvert Spence College (Maintained school)
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Northumberland 45.5 28 Average -0.02 11% 3.7 28.2
The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Cheshire West and Chester 45.5 28 Average -0.07 14% 3.83 28.4
Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy (Academy)
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Lewisham 45.3 30 Average -0.12 49% 4.13 28.6
Wath Comprehensive School : A Language College (Maintained school)
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Rotherham 44.7 31 Average -0.13 46% 3.88 28.2
The Sutton Academy (Academy)
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St. Helens 44 32 Below average -0.21 38% 3.56 28.6
Downend School (Academy)
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South Gloucestershire 43.9 33 Average -0.19 57% 4.08 28.5
Wellacre Technology Academy (Academy)
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Trafford 43.9 33 Average -0.22 9% 3.34 28.6
Stanley Park High (Academy)
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Sutton 43.1 35 Below average -0.3 14% 3.45 28.6
Knole Academy (Academy)
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Kent 43 36 Below average -0.33 55% 3.81 28.7
The Cowplain School (Academy)
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Hampshire 43 36 Below average -0.3 69% 3.83 28.5
St Peter's CofE Academy (Academy)
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Stoke-on-Trent 42.7 38 Below average -0.41 50% 3.78 28.5
St Helena School (Academy)
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Essex 42.6 39 Below average -0.31 22% 3.58 28.6
Abbot Beyne School (Maintained school)
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Staffordshire 42.4 40 Below average -0.34 9% 3.51 28.5
Smithdon High School (Academy)
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Norfolk 42 41 Below average -0.39 27% 3.72 28.3
Charnwood College (Academy)
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Leicestershire 41.6 42 Below average -0.45 22% 3.58 28.5
Furness Academy (Academy)
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Cumbria 41 43 Below average -0.47 0% 2.89 28.7
Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy (Academy)
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Wolverhampton 40.6 44 Well below average -0.54 1% 3 28.6
William Allitt School (Maintained school)
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Derbyshire 40.2 45 Well below average -0.58 15% 3.2 28.5
Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre (Academy)
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Leicestershire 40.1 46 Well below average -0.54 9% 3.31 28.3
St Chads Catholic and Church of England High School (Maintained school)
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Halton 39.2 47 Well below average -0.71 69% 3.47 28.6
Hartshill School (Academy) Open help text for Similar percentage of disadvantaged pupils opens a popup
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Warwickshire 38.1 48 Well below average -0.78 9% 3.08 28.4
Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst (Academy)
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Solihull 38 49 Well below average -0.8 2% 3.08 28.4
Buile Hill Academy (Academy)
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Salford 36.6 50 Well below average -0.96 38% 3.2 28.7
Fulwood Academy (Academy)
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Lancashire 35.6 51 Well below average -1.1 43% 3.14 28.6
Beaufort Co-operative Academy (Academy)
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Gloucestershire 35.2 52 Well below average -1.04 14% 3.04 28.5
Silverstone UTC (Academy)
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Northamptonshire 35 53 -1.07 0% 1.94 28.7
Elutec (Academy)
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Barking and Dagenham 34.3 54 -1.18 0% 2.64 28.5
South Bank Engineering UTC (Academy)
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Lambeth 34.1 55 -1.46 0% 2.46 28.6
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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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