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Results 2018

The delighted Year 11 students, more than half of whom are classed as “disadvantaged”, have achieved an average of eight GCSEs each this year – and nearly a quarter of all grades are at 7, 8 or 9, the equivalents of A* or A grades. Two-thirds of all GCSE grade were a grade 4 (a pass and equivalent to the old grade C) or better, with excellent achievement also at grade 5 or better, which is considered a strong pass. More than half of all students achieved a strong pass or better in English, Maths and Triple Science.

These results have been achieved in spite of this being the first year in which all GCSEs are at a new, tougher standard, including more challenging content and questions. Significant changes to grading have been introduced, while assessment is now based on exams only, rather than coursework. There have also been additional exam papers – with some TPA students having taken as many as 28 exams.

Particularly excellent individual student performances include:

  • Sara Eftekhari, who is the school’s highest-attaining student – boasting an amazing 11 GCSEs, all at Grade 9 (A*).
  • Head Girl Chloe Abraham, who achieved 10 GCSEs, of which four were the highest possible Grade 9 (A*).
  • Students with English as a second or additional language, including Aiya Abdalla, who joined TPA later than some of her fellow students, and achieved 10 GCSEs including a Grade 8 in English Literature; and Naima Ali, who achieved 10 GCSEs, all at 7 or above, with five at Grade 9. Grade 9 is considered to be in the top 3-5% of students nationally.

Other highlights from this year’s results include:

  • Of the Year 11 students, 28% were considered to be highly able academically. They achieved an average of 10 qualifications each and more than a quarter of their grades were an 8 or 9 (A or A*).
  • Achievement in Modern Foreign Languages was very strong, with half of all students gaining a 7 or higher.
  • In the Humanities, progress has been exceptional, with students significantly exceeding their targets.
Subject Percentage 9-4
Art GCSE 61%
Bengali GCSE 100%
Biology GCSE 96%
Chemistry GCSE 96%
Computer Studies GCSE 45%
English Language GCSE 62%
English Literature GCSE 67%
Food & Nutrition GCSE 32%
French GCSE 72%
Further Maths GCSE 100%
Geography GCSE 48%
Graphics GCSE 58%
History GCSE 74%
Italian GCSE 100%
Mathematics GCSE 58%
Music GCSE 100%
PE GCSE 23%
Persian GCSE 100%
Physics GCSE 88%
RE GCSE 73%
Science GCSE 37%
Textiles GCSE 37%

 

5 9-4 Grade 5 9-4 Grades inc. Eng & Maths % of all grades 9-7
59% 54% 20%

 

Progress 8*
0.11
*(Estimated Score)

 *Progress 8 is the performance measure which calculates the progress pupils have made from KS2 across 8 subjects. In 2016, the academy achieved a validated P8 score of 0.39 and in 2017 we achieved a validate P8 score of 0.47. These progress scores are way above average and indicate that pupils at the academy make excellent progress.

Results breakdown (2017)

The following charts are for 2017, as final data for 2018 will not be confirmed until January 2019.

The following charts are taken from the Department for Education’s comparison website

‘Progress 8’ score (progress made during secondary) 2017

Progress 8 tells us how well pupils at this school have progressed between the end of primary school (key stage 2) and the end of secondary school (key stage 4), compared to pupils in other schools who got similar results at the end of primary school. This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications

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‘Attainment 8’ score 2017

Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

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Grade 5 or above in English & maths GCSEs 2017

This tells you the percentage of pupils who achieved grade 5 or above in the 2017 reformed English and maths GCSEs (opens in a new window). Reformed GCSEs are graded 1 (low) to 9 (high). Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading.

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Achieving EBacc at grade 5/C or above 2017

This is the percentage of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) at a grade 5 or above in English and maths, and at a grade C or above in the following subject areas: sciences, a language, and either history or geography. The English Baccalaureate is not a test or qualification; it is a measure used to provide information about a particular range of qualifications. The grading of English and maths GCSEs changed in the 2017 GCSEs reforms. Reformed GCSEs are graded 1 (low) to 9 (high). Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading.

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Staying in education or entering employment 2017

This shows the number of pupils who either stayed in education or went into employment after finishing key stage 4 (after year 11, usually aged 16). This is for pupils who finished year 11 in 2015, which is the most recent data currently available. This figure covers any sustained education or employment destination.

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School Performance Tables

School Performance Tables are published by the Secretary of State on the Department for Education’s website. The Tables give information on the achievement and attainment of pupils and include information on finance, absence, school workforce and the most recent Ofsted reports.

The attainment and progress data in the Tables is designed to be considered alongside other sources of information such as Ofsted reports and school prospectuses.

To view the School Performance Tables for The Portsmouth Academy, please visit the Department for Education’s website