Principal’s Blog – 13th October 2017: Initial results and changes to GCSEsOctober 14th, 2017
Initial results and changes to GCSEs
This week academic results from last academic year are released to schools.
The headline summary for Hazeley’s results is:
“They are significantly better than other schools nationally; even more impressive is that this strong performance is spread across all of the main subject areas and ability bands of students”
For those of you who would like find our more detail in what the results mean, please read on.
The link to the national results can be found HERE. It is worth noting that the results on this website are what is called unvalidated and do not take into account the changes in grades for some of our students following marking reviews or the results that the Department for Education had missed for some of our students.
The figures below are those we expect to see once the validated figures are released in January.
The way that schools are judged by Ofsted and the information that parents receive has changed.
- Progress 8-this compares the attainment 8 scores for our students with students who had the same Key Stage 2 performance and again averages it out across the whole cohort. A positive score means that Hazeley students do better than their peers nationally. In 2015 our score was +0.17. Last year amid all the changes it was -0.01 or in line with the national average. This year we expect the value to be +0.22; this may be even higher following corrections to exam marking. Our student’s scores show that the average amount of value we achieve for our students is significantly above what other students achieve nationally from the same starting points.
- Basics-This is the proportion of students achieving a pass in both an English qualification and Mathematics; important in enabling students to make the most of future opportunities. This year almost 70% of our students achieved this at the standard pass.
- Attainment 8-this is the average number of points that a Hazeley student achieves across 8 subjects following certain rules. English and Mathematics points are doubled, their best 3 subjects from the sciences, modern foreign languages, history and geography and computer sciences are chosen next. For the remaining 3 subjects, any qualification can count, including the ones above that haven’t already been used. The total points are then divided by 10. This year our students achieved an average of 4.8, well above the new standard pass of a 4 (old grade C) and rounding to the “good” pass of a 5
- English Baccalaureate-this is for students who achieve a C or better in English, mathematics, science, a modern foreign language and either history or geography. We are very proud that at Hazeley we have a history of having around a third of our students achieve this; above the national average of around a quarter for this challenging measure. This year, on the comparable measure to 2016, we increased by 3% to 33%
Changes to GCSE
This year saw the first of the new GCSEs taking place in English Language and Literature and in Mathematics. These new GCSEs were graded in numbers rather than letters, with 9 being the highest grade they can achieve and 1 the lowest. We were very proud in the achievements of our students that led to a higher percentage of Hazeley students gaining a 9 than nationally.
The majority of other subjects have now started their new GCSEs. Our staff will continue to carefully consider all the new specifications that exam boards are offering to find the ones that will be best for our students and are a closest match to our values.
This is a period of great change, however our staff and students have the Character to be resilient in the face of it and to use the different measures and GCSEs to gain even stronger futures for our students; they have the Confidence to trust and support each other to understand the implications and changes; the Creativity to find the best possible solutions to the challenges posed by the changes and to continue to make their time at Hazeley an inspirational learning journey for all.
Mr T Nelson