Message from the Head - Exam Performance
09 Sep 2016
Dear Parents/ Carers,
As we begin the new academic year, I thought you may be interested to know the picture with regard to examination results. This is a year of signicant changes to the way in which results are reported and it is also the first year where, for some subjects, the AS grade does not contribute to the overall A level grade.
In 2017, there will be further changes as the first cohort of students in maths and English will be awarded grades 9 to 1 rather than the traditional A* to G grades. It is also clear that the content and level of challenge within these subjects has increased considerably.
At a time of great change and uncertainty, it is reassuring to see that our results are encouraging with many very strong areas and positive outcomes.
There are four new headline figures at key stage 4 and these are:
An overall progress measure (called progress 8)
An overall attainment measure (called attainment 8)
The percentage of students achieving at least a C grade in both English and Maths
The percentage of students meeting the criteria for the EBacc
The national picture is still emerging and all of our figures are provisional and may be subject to change following re-marks, national data sets and further checking.
Our progress measure is 0.1 where a score of zero indicates students have made expected levels of progress. In simple terms students have made progress which is slightly better than may be expected.
Our overall attainment figure is 52.5 points where 50 points is a C grade. On average across all subjects for all students, our attainment is just above a grade C.
The percentage of students passing both maths and English at grade C or above is 70%.
The percentage of students achieving the EBacc is 32% and the progress measure for the EBacc is 0.7 where again zero is a par score. This indicates that students taking the EBacc at Ashby will have performed significantly better than expected.
At this stage, it is not clear how we will have performed in comparison to the national picture, but we anticipate that we will be significantly above in a number of areas. I am sure you will see why, at a time of such turbulence and change and alongside a national picture that indicates a decline in the number of A* - C grades, that we are delighted to have maintained a good level of performance.
At key stage 5, a priority was to ensure that our students achieved their expected levels of performance. The value added measure for post 16 performance is 0 and again this indicates that overall performance is in line with expectations.
I would like to congratulate all of our past and present students on their achievements. We are optimistic that in 2017 we can deliver strong results as we face further change and uncertainty. The staff at Ashby have the skills and experience to help our current students achieve their potential.
Thank you for your continued support.