Exam Results

Once again we are proud to celebrate the success of our all students in their Level 2 (GCSE, Level 1/2 Vocational Award, OCR Cambridge National Certificate, BTEC First Award and BTEC Tech Award) and Level 3 (A Level, BTEC and OCR Cambridge Technical) qualifications. Our Year 11 students have worked extremely hard over the course of two years and as a result of their success they are able to embark upon the next stage in their education, many returning to our Sixth Form, some beginning apprenticeships and some pursuing further vocational study. Our Year 13 students have gained the qualifications they need to pursue university courses, degree-level apprenticeships or to gain successful employment with accredited training.

At Millom School we believe that education goes beyond just exam results, however, we do need to monitor the progress and outcomes of our students and provide information on their attainment and progress using specific performance criteria. This year has been a unique year in that it is the first set of true examination results that have been published since the Covid-19 pandemic. Qualification results from 2020 and 2021 were based on teacher-assessed grades submitted by the school as the examinations were cancelled. For this reason, it is strongly advised that comparisons between 2022 results and 2021/2020 results are not made.

Performance tables will be published, as normal, this year and the usual Progress 8 (for Year 11) will be published in due course. The Department for Education have said that progress measures will not be published in Key Stage 5, so the value-added measure will not be available.

Key Stage 4

Progress 8 measures the difference between a pupil’s estimated attainment, based on their Key Stage 2 scores, and their actual attainment achieved by the end of Year 11. It takes the current year’s national performance data into account. The whole school Progress 8 score is an average of the Year 11 cohort and is calculated after students have taken the exams. This link explains the key changes for parents:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/secondary-school-performance-measures

Remember also that for several years now we have had a different grading system for GCSEs where results have changed from A*-G to 9-1. The reformed GCSEs are also more challenging and many subjects have experienced the removal of coursework. This helpful fact-sheet from the DfE outlines those key changes to GCSE grading:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/626681/GCSE_Factsheet_parentFormatted1.pdf

In the table below are the headline figures for 2022. Parents and carers are also encouraged to visit the Department for Education’s (DfE) Performance Tables, which can be found on its web site with the link provided in the statutory information tab of the school website. 2022 information will be published shortly.

Note that the E-Bacc measure for Millom School is low because our curriculum model does not make it mandatory for students to study a GCSE in a modern foreign language. We currently give our students the option to study languages (French) at GCSE.


Measure
School 2022
School 2019
School 2018
School 2017
School 2016
Progress 8
to be confirmed by DfE
-0.16
0.0
-0.11
-0.29
Attainment 8
48.54
42.3
43.5
47.4
48.37
% achieving grade 5+ in English and maths
48.5%
29%
31%
49%
N/a
% achieving grade 4+ in English and maths
69.9%
55%
52%
67%
68%
% entered for the E-Bacc
13.6%
3%
8%
1%
9%
% achieving the E-Bacc at grades 5+
4.9%
1%
3%
1%
9%