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Exam Results 2019

There were certainly screams of jubilation in the school hall in August when students came into school to collect their A level and GCSE results. Yet again at Brentford School for Girls we are celebrating another set of excellent results at both GCSE and A Level from the summer 2019 exam series.

More than 70% of the Year 11 cohort achieved 5 or more GCSEs that were graded 9 to 5 and 20% of all the grades achieved at GCSE were grades 9-7. The vast majority of our year 11 students have enrolled on courses of their choice at our sixth form and we look forward to supporting them further on their journey of success. We are very confident that when the national data becomes available in mid-October, we will once again be well above the national average for our results allowing us to maintain our position in the top 10% of highest achieving schools across the country for another year running. Students whose achievements are noteworthy in terms of the number of GCSEs achieved at grade 7 or higher include

NO         - 9 x grade 9 + distinction*

MA         - 3 x grade 9 + 2 x grade 8 + 5 x grade 7

KK           - 1 x grade 9 + 6 x grade 8 + 3 x grade 7

RA          - 1 x grade 9 + 6 x grade 8 + 3 x grade 7

AS           - 8 x grade 8 + 2 x grade 7             

                              

We are also immensely pleased with the results of our Year 13 students, many of whom secured an excellent set of results in their A levels and will be leaving us to go off to university. We had a significantly higher proportion of students achieving A*/A grades compared to previous years and as a result, this year there has been a huge increase in the number of our pupils who secured places at the best universities in the UK (Russell group universities). Whilst we are incredibly proud of the achievements of all our students, we are especially pleased for one of our students HA who realised her dream of getting into the University of Oxford to study History  We wish them all the best of luck in the next stage of their studies. A massive thank you to our staff and students for all their hard work over the year that has culminated in our students being so successful in their exams. Thank you also to our parents as these fantastic results would not be possible without your support.

                               

 

What does Progress 8 measure?

Progress 8 calculates how much progress students make between their results in Year 6 (when students are aged 10 or 11) and their results in Year 11 (when students are 15 or 16). A progress 8 score of zero means, on average, the students at the school make expected progress. A progress 8 score of +0.50 means that students at the school have achieved, on average, half a grade higher in all their subjects compared to similar students nationally.

    

2016

2017

2018

Progress 8

+0.20

+0.70

+0.70

What is attainment 8

Schools get a score based on how well students have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, Mathematics, 3 English Baccalaureate qualifications including the Sciences, Computer Science, History, Geography and Languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications. Mathematics and English are also double weighted compared to other subjects. To calculate the Attainment 8 score, each student's qualifying grades are converted to points and added up, with Mathematics and English double-weighted. From 2017, reformed GCSEs will be graded on a 1-9 scale.

  

2016

2017

2018

Attainment 8

48.72

50.0

52.0

'BASICS' MEASURE IN ENGLISH AND MATHS

On the new 9-1 scale, a grade 4 is considered to be a ‘standard pass’ (low C grade) and agrade 5 equivalent to a ‘strong pass’ (high grade C). Until 2017, achieving GCSE           grades A*- C in English and Mathematics was widely recognised as the minimum required to commence a level 3 route of study. The government now report on the percentage of students in the school who achieved a grade 4 + in Maths and English as well as those who achieved a grade 5+ in Maths and English. These are the thresholds for the ‘basics’ measure and, in the future, it is anticipated that Grade 5 will become the expected standard.

Proportion of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics

  

2016 (C+)

2017

2018

% of students achieving 4+ in GCSE Mathematics and English

55

65

69

  Proportion of students achieving a Grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics

  

2016

2017

2018

% of students achieving 5+ in GCSE Mathematics and English

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39

50

We have had an increase this year in the number of Year 11 students who achieved a L5+ in English and Maths and are confident that this was the result of the hard work from the girls and the outstanding support provided by staff and parents.

 

The English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate [EBacc] is a school performance measure used by the Department for Education. It measures the proportion of students in Year 11 who gain GCSE grades 5 -9 in the following subjects:

English
Mathematics
Two Sciences [Two from GCSE Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science)

A language [modern languages, ancient languages such as Latin or community languages]
History or Geography

 Proportion of students achieving the English Baccalaureate [EBacc]

  

2016

2016

2017

% English Baccalaureate at grade 4

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35

35

Sixth Form

At Brentford 6th Form, students will be taught by enthusiastic and well-qualified teachers who will guide students to extend their learning both inside and outside the classroom. All students will receive an education of the highest standard within a close-knit community based in the 6th Form Centre. Our consortium links with other local schools means that students can choose from a large number of courses, while enjoying the benefits of remaining as a Brentford 6th former. Students will have a personalised programme of study and the 6th form team will work closely with each student to ensure that they get the most out of their experience at Brentford.  The 6th Form team will support each student in developing their independent learning skills, giving your daughter  a firm foundation for whichever direction they choose to take after finishing their studies with us.