Exam Results

2016 Performance Information

The way that schools’ performance measures are now judged is very different to the way in which they have been judged previously.

The key figure that schools report on immediately after exam results are available is the percentage of students who have achieved both English and maths GCSEs at a grade C or above, the ‘basics’ or ‘threshold’ measure. The difference this year is that, rather than just English language results counting in this measure, now the best result for each student in either English language or English literature counts. There is no direct comparison between this figure and the results that we have previously published on our website.

For the year 11 cohort 2015 - 2016 our basics (threshold) figure was 48%. Our basics figure for 2014 – 2015 was 47% but that figure was the percentage of students gaining English language only combined with maths at GCSE grade C or above.

In addition to this, over 10% of our students last year gained 5 or more A or A* grades in their GCSEs; 10 achieved 8 or more A or A* grades.

The EBacc is a measure that continues to be reported on. This year just under 9% of students gained the EBacc. Again, this is a positive figure as we have a policy of not enforcing any particular option choices on students. Students who are capable of doing the EBacc are advised that this is a pathway that they should consider but they are not made to do this if their interests and abilities lie in other subjects. It is appropriate for the wide ranging cohort of children that we have at Lancaster that we adopt this policy.

A figure called Progress 8 will also be reported on in time. This figure is a calculation based on the achievement across 8 subjects for each student based on whether they met, exceeded or were below expectations in each subject that they took. A figure is then calculated for the whole school. A figure which is below -0.5 is considered to be below the ‘floor standard’ in other words, below the minimum expected standards set by the government. This figure is dependent on how students across the country have performed and therefore will not be released until all national data has been collated which may well not be until January. Our initial analysis of data is predicting a negative progress 8 figure but one that is well above the ‘floor standard’.  However, there is a ‘health warning’ with the data from Lancaster. Only students who have prior attainment data count in a school’s progress 8 figures and out of 205 students in the 2015-16 year 11 cohort, only 156 contribute to our progress 8 figure. This is because of our high mobility and numbers of mid-year admissions. It therefore means that our progress 8 figure is representative of only around 3/4 of our students. We work hard to ensure that students who join us late make good progress but that will not be recognised in the progress 8 figure we will get. 

There is a final measure that schools do not have to publish but will be available. This is the average grade that a student will get in a GCSE at a school. Unlike progress 8, all students at the school count for this figure. This figure is likely to be published in January. 

Historic performance information 

5 + A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs 2013 2014 2015
The Lancaster School 59% 49% 46%
Leicester (local authority) 54.8% 51.9% 50.40%
England state-funded schools 59.2% 53.4% 53.80%
England all schools 59.2% 53.4% 53.80%
Achieving the English Baccalaureate 2013 2014 2015
The Lancaster School 13% 9% 13%
Leicester (local authority) 21.0% 19.5% 18.80%
England state-funded schools 22.8% 24.2% 24.30%
England all schools 23.0% 22.9% 22.90%


Exams Performance Information 2016.pdf