At the Junior School pupils are prepared for any 11+ examinations both at maintained and independent Schools although the majority choose to stay into our Senior School. In the past year pupils have been offered places at Heckmondwike Grammar, Crossley Heath, North Halifax and Bradford Grammar Schools, as well as many being offered academic scholarships to our Senior School.
At the Senior School pupils study a wide variety of GCSEs and A Levels. We assess pupils potential on entry using the University of Durham CEM centre assessments. These compare pupils to National standards and predict GCSE and A Level performance. Every Year we add approximately 1 grade per subject on to these predictions between years 7 and 11.
Examination Results 2016
The usual measure for comparing GCSE results is the percentage of pupils achieving 5 subjects with grades A* to C, although with our smaller numbers, percentages are less important than the achievements of the individual pupils. An additional measure is to include Maths and English in the 5 subjects.
In 2016, 97% of pupils gained 5 A* – C grades, which maintains the improvement over the past three years. The School does not recognise the ‘Progress 8’ measure now used in Government league tables as we do not insist pupils study certain subjects. Our core subjects are Mathematics, English and one of the three sciences.
44% of grades in 2016 were at A*/A which shows a 24% increase in two years. The 2016 GCSE cohort were predicted 6% at A*/A when they joined the School in 2011 and this shows the focus on improving every child’s academic attainment.
Nine of the subjects offered at GCSE achieved 100% pass rates in 2016.
All GCE A Level subjects are graded A – E and the percentage achieved is often perceived as a measure of a school’s success. In 2016, our students achieved an outstanding 27% A*-B with a 97% pass rate at A Level. Our three top performers in 2016 all secured places at York University. All students were accepted at their first choice universities including at Bradford, Manchester, Swansea and Northumbria.
Leavers’ Destinations 2016
In 2016, our A Level students applied to study a broad range of subjects including Business & Finance, Criminology, English, Psychology along with many others. The following universities are just a sample of the destinations in the past three years:
University of Huddersfield
Manchester Metropolitan University
Leeds Metropolitan University