Exams and Assessment


Results Day - Information

GCSE Results Day – 25th August from 9:00am – 11:00am

Please collect your results from the library.

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Exams and Assessment

Expected Outcomes in 2016

New government measures have been introduced which are designed to give a clearer understanding of the value a school adds to your child’s education, from the time they leave primary school to their summer GCSE examinations. The 5 A*-C including English and Maths measure is no longer used and several other key indicators of a school’s performance have been changed. The academy will now be assessed by the criteria below:

Progress 8This is the average of a student’s best 8 GCSE grades. The results are then compared to the grades expected for the student based on their primary school attainment (Key Stage 2 levels). If a school achieves above 0.0 then it is adding value above and beyond government expectations. At The Taunton Academy, we predict that our 2016 progress 8 figure will be: +0.14.

Attainment 8This is the average grade that a student achieves at school. It is important to remember that this figure must be read in conjunction with the progress 8 figure. This is because if a school were to have an Attainment 8 grade of an E but a Progress 8 score of +1.0 then the government would have expected every child in that school to achieve, on average, a grade of an F. At The Taunton Academy we predict that our 2016 Attainment 8 grade will be: D+.

Achieving English and Maths: This is the percentage of students that achieve English and Maths at grade A*-C in the summer 2016 examinations. At The Taunton Academy we predict that 49% of students will achieve English and Maths.

Achieving the EBAC: The English Baccalaureate is a new measure used by the government to assess which students have achieved a grade A*-C in English, Maths, two Sciences, History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language. Because of our curriculum we have very few students who are currently studying a Modern Foreign Language – a key element to achieving the EBAC. At The Taunton Academy, we predict that 12% will achieve the EBAC

Historical Data: Please find below a series of historical examination data. It is important to note that the context of the academy has changed dramatically over the past year. Please see our Expected Outcomes table for a comparison of the expected impact of these changes.

Exam Analysis 2013-15 2015 2014 2013
5 A* – C  inc English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) 33.6% 42.2% 35%
English A* – C 48.1% 51.8% 36%
Maths A* – C 47.3% 54.8% 59%
English 3+ LOP 55.0% 56.3% 39%
English 4+ LOP 11.5% 20.7% 13%
Maths 3+ LOP 55.7% 54.8% 63%
Maths 4+ LOP 15.3% 16.3% 25%
Average Total Progress 8 -0.48 -0.01
Average Total Attainment 8 39.71 41.37

The link to the DfE school performance table’s website – http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html