The Department for Education published the official examination results for 2017 on 25th January. This again confirmed how well we did last summer and how much progress we have made over the last couple of years. As far as GCSE results are concerned, the Warrington league table shows that we were the highest performing school in terms of the numbers of students gaining a ‘strong pass’ (i.e. Grade 5 or above) in both English and Maths: our score of 67% puts us in the top few percent of state schools in the country. On the only measure that can be reliably compared to previous years, the numbers gaining 9-4 grades (i.e. directly equivalent to the old A*-C) in English and Maths, our score of 83% was the best the school has ever achieved since GCSEs were introduced.
On the new Progress 8 measure, our score of 0.1 shows our students made at least the kind progress that would be expected for an able cohort such as we have at Lymm, and is a lot higher than it would have been at any time in the past few years. Please note that we urge caution when interpreting the Progress 8 scores; we refuse to follow many other schools in entering students for easy courses that would significantly inflate our P8 score but leave students with qualifications that are not valued by employers or further/higher education providers. Feedback so far suggests parents and carers support this principled approach and we hope this remains the case.
As far as A’ levels are concerned, we were the top performing school in Warrington for numbers gaining AAB grades in facilitating A’ level subjects: a remarkable 24.4% of our students achieved this benchmark. The second highest in Warrington was 10.7% and we cannot find a non-selective school anywhere near here that has a score as high as ours; indeed, many selective 6th forms – e.g. Urmston, Stretford and Loreto Grammar schools – actually have lower scores. Sir John Deane’s College scored 17.1%.
Our progress score was also significantly above average, placing us in the top 15% of the country for the second year running and we are the only post-16 provider in Warrington with a significantly above average score.
The government publishes a lot more data on school performance than it used to and it can all be rather complicated these days!
However, whichever way we look at all this data, it is a very positive story and is a real credit to the students and teachers involved: well done! again to all of them.