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.

This is the third year of reform for English Language, English Literature and Mathematics with the 9-1 grading scale in England. Another 20 reformed subjects (taking the total to 23) have been assessed this year, including a new Double Award in Science.

Our Progress 8 score for 2018 was -0.24 and our Attainment 8 score was 43.5.

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

66.4% of students left Year 11 with a “standard pass” in English and Maths at Grade 4 (76% in English and 75% in Maths).  This is above the national average figure for England of 64.2%.

36.4% of students left Year 11 with a “strong pass” in English and Maths at Grade 5 (55.2% in English and 50.3% in Maths).

English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate recognises students who have achieved a 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 2018, 47% of Year 11 (significantly above the national average of 35%) were eligible for the EBacc, as they had chosen the correct combination of subjects to qualify for it giving them a broad and balanced range of subjects, with 28% of the students going on to achieve it (above the national average of 24%).

Destinations data

Destinations data measures the destinations of students who finished Year 11 in 2018.  94% went into education or employment (which is in line with state schools locally and nationally) with a significant proportion (43% against a national average of 34%) of students going into further education.


Post 16 Performance Data (Retford P16 Centre)

The figures below reflect performance of the Elizabethan students who attendance the Retford Post 16 centre.  This provision was a joint provision with a number of other providers from local schools and colleges.

Achievement at Key Stage 5 (A-Levels)

The average grade achieved by students at Key Stage 5 in 2018 was a D+.  Progress measures indicate that progress for academic subjects was below the national average.

The 2018 results include eight students who left the Centre at the end of Year 12 in 2016/17 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 a number of Applied General exams recorded in 2018.  The average grade for these was a Pass+.  Progress measures indicate that results were in line with national averages. 

Re-sits in English and Maths

Ten students at the Retford P16 Centre who did not have a GCSE Grade 4 in either English or Maths re-sat their exams during their time at Retford Post 16.  Due to the small numbers of students this involved this data is not publically available.  Were can report that our students performed in line with other local Post 16 providers.


Destinations data relates to students who finished Post 16 study in 2017.  88% were still in education or employment in March 2018, in line with the national average of 89%. 

58% were in higher education (mainly university), with 16% and 9% entering apprenticeship and employment respectively.