GCSE Performance data

Progress 8 and Attainment 8

In 2016, the Government introduced two new progress measures for schools: Attainment 8 and Progress 8.  These assess a school’s performance across eight subjects, grouped into three areas: English and Maths; EBacc subjects; other subjects.  The Elizabethan’s legacy curriculum means that a number of students left with more than eight qualifications, some of which they sat early, but they were not necessarily in the curriculum areas laid down by the Department for Education.

Our Progress 8 score for 2017 was -0.31 and our Attainment 8 score was 43.2.

The results include a number of “outliers”, students who were given the opportunity to continue their education through to the end of Year 11 even though their circumstances meant their results were likely to impact negatively on the school’s figures.

English and Maths

67% of students left Year 11 with a “standard pass” in English and Maths at Grade 4 (74% in English and 75% in Maths).  This is above the national average figure for England of 64%.

44% of students left Year 11 with a “strong pass” in English and Maths at Grade 5 (57% in English and 54% in Maths).  This is also better than the national average for England of 40%.

English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate recognises students who have achieved a Grade C / Grade 5 or better in English, Maths, two Sciences, History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language.  As with Attainment 8 and Progress 8, this relies on students choosing the correct combination of options to satisfy this requirement.  We believe that students’ GCSE options should reflect their interests, abilities and aspirations and the EBacc is certainly not appropriate for all.

In 2017, 41% of Year 11 (76 students) were eligible for the EBacc, as they had chosen the correct combination of subjects to qualify for it, with 24% (46 students) achieving it. Both these figures are above the national average.

Destinations data

Destinations data measures the destinations of students who finished Year 11 in 2015.  93% went into education or employment (which is in line with state schools locally and nationally).  This splits into 89% in education and 4% in employment.


Post 16 Performance Data

Achievement at Key Stage 5 - A-Levels

The average grade achieved by students at Key Stage 5 in 2017 was a C-.  Progress measures indicate that progress for academic subjects was slightly below with national averages.

The 2017 results include thirteen students who left the Centre at the end of Year 12 in 2015 and had not been included in performance tables before.

Progress measures for Academic subjects (A-Levels and the Extended Project Qualification) are slightly better than for A-Levels on their own.

Achievement at Key Stage 5 – Applied General

There were 18 Applied General exams recorded in 2017.  The average grade for these was a Distinction+.  Progress measures indicate that results were in line with national averages. 

Re-sits in English and Maths

Thirteen students at the Centre who did not have a GCSE Grade C in either English or Maths re-sat their exams during their time at Retford Post 16.  Students re-sitting Maths did better than the national average with a progress score of 0.67.  Students re-sitting English were in line with the national average with a progress score of 0.0.

Students completing their main course of study

This data is not yet available on the Performance Tables.


Destinations data relates to students who finished Post 16 study in 2015.  89% were still in education or employment in March 2016, in line with the national average of 89%. 

68% were in higher education (mainly university), again above the national average, and 21% of students went into full-time employment.