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GCSE Assessment

KPHS Academic Performance

GCSE Assessment

The performance of Kingsway Park High School has reached higher levels in recent years.

KPHS takes great pride in our student’s achievements and successes. Our results reflect the hard work and dedication of all of our staff and students who “Aspire, Learn, Achieve” in all subject areas.

Please follow this link for more information about our academic performance.

The new performance measures (2016 and beyond)

The Department for Education has introduced new school performance measures which will be used from 2016.These indicators will include measures called ‘Progress 8′ and ‘Attainment 8’ and will feature in the new league tables.

The key part of these new performance measures is that different GCSE 8 subjects will be included in the calculations and English and Maths are worth double points. More information about this can be found here.

Kingsway Park High School fully embraces these changes because we have always encouraged our students to aim for their maximum performance in all subjects.

How do we measure a student’s academic performance?

It is really important that students and their parents know how well they are currently performing in each subject so they clearly understand their academic strengths and areas where extra support is needed. It is also helpful to have a good understanding of the grades a student is currently working at so that we can make sure they are on track to gain the qualifications they need for their further education, higher education, and employment aspirations.

When we make judgements about how well a student has performed at school we need to consider both their academic attainment and their academic progress.

Changes to the National Performance Measures

What was the old method?

In recent years, students, parents/carers, staff, colleges, employers, and the media have made judgements about how well a student or a school has performed through the 5+ GCSE A* – C grade (including English and Maths) performance measures indicator. This attainment measure has been used to position schools in local and national league tables.

What is the new method?

The Department for Education has introduced new performance measures which will be used from 2016. These indicators will include measures called ‘Attainment 8‘ and ‘Progress 8‘ and will feature in the new league tables.


Colleges will still be interested in a student’s attainment when they apply for courses since GCSE grades will be an indicator of a student’s ability. This will help students to apply for the most appropriate courses.

What is Progress 8?

Progress 8 is a value-added measure based on a measured score for each child when they enter secondary school.  It indicates progress made across a range of the best 8 subjects promoting a broad and balanced curriculum. Following their options in year 8, students at KPHS are entered for between 8 and 11 subjects at GCSE.

The Progress 8 measure is based on students’ performance in English, Mathematics, Sciences (including Computer Science), Humanities (History or Geography) and an ‘open group’ and will show whether students have performed better than expected at the end of Key Stage 4, considering their starting point from Key Stage 2.

The diagram below shows how the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores are calculated.  You will notice that English and Mathematics grades are double counted as these are seen as critical subjects.  The ‘facilitating subjects’ are those which are classed as traditional academic subjects, which many top universities regard as important entry qualifications.  All remaining subjects fall into the ‘open group’.

The Progress 8 score for a school is an average of all the scores of the students in the year group.

  • A score of 0 indicates that all students attained their expected grades at GCSE.
  • A positive score e.g. 0.17 or 0.21 indicates that, on average, students attained higher than their expected grades at GCSE.
  • A negative score e.g. -0.10 or -0.33 indicates that, on average, students attained GCSE grades lower than they were expected to.

 What is Attainment 8?

This will show students average attainment in the group of subjects that make up the Progress 8 measure. This is calculated for each pupil by dividing by 10 because English and Mathematics are double weighted.  Examples of calculations are as follows:

The school’s Progress 8 score is then calculated as a mean average of the students’ Progress 8 score in a given year group.  A school Progress 8 score of +0.5 is considered to be good to outstanding.

Please note that the school’s ‘Progress 8’ and ‘Attainment 8’ figure can be affected if a pupil does not choose 3 subjects from the ‘facilitating subjects’ group.  However, the score can still be positive if students exceed challenging targets.

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The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself

PARENT OF A PUPIL

The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself

PARENT OF A PUPIL