We are very proud of the achievements of our students and we help every child to learn and develop a wide range of skills and attributes. We encourage students to be aspirational and support them in working hard in order to achieve academic excellence and self-fulfilment. The progress that our students make takes commitment and a determination to succeed regardless of background or prior educational ability. We place a great deal of emphasis on the partnership that exists between school and home. At Anthony Gell School we know that when teachers, students and parents work together the chances of success are much greater.
GCSE / Level 2 Qualifications
The 2017 GCSE results mark the start of a significant change in the nature of GCSE / Level 2 curriculum delivered in school and of the assessment grading system used. Students who collected their exam results in 2017 received their Maths and English grades in a number form, using a new 9 to 1 system. This change, both in the syllabuses taught in schools across the country and in the grades received means that schools can no longer compare performance of this year's students to those of the past years. All other 'legacy' GCSE subjects used the old A* to G grading system for the 2017 results meaning students received a combination of grades across their exam results. From 2018 onwards almost all GCSE subjects will use the new 9 to 1 grading system. The diagram below shows the relationship between the 9 to 1 and A* to G grading systems:
Several new school performance statistics on which to judge success were introduced nationally in 2016. Of these 'Progress 8' is the most significant and this measures the progress of a student from their arrival at secondary school in Year 7 to their GCSE results in Year 11. A Progress 8 score of 0.0 means that the students have made the expected level of progress for their ability, across a range of eight different subjects. A Progress 8 score of more than 0.0 means that the students have performed better in this school than their peers in most other schools in England. For the 2017 GCSE results, Anthony Gell School achieved a headline Progress 8 score of -0.05 which is close to the national average of zero.
In total, thanks to the tremendous efforts of a large number of students and staff, the GCSE results in 2017 have surpassed even those achieved in 2016. The school has shown a marked improvement in recent years on the number of students achieving five or more GCSEs at 9 to 4 or A*-C which include English and Maths. In 2015 this figure stood at 58%, after a 10% improvement in 2016, the 2017 figure has reached a very impressive 75%.
The new ‘harder’ GCSE exams in English and Maths in 2017 proved not to be a stumbling block for the Year 11 students at AGS, as results in both of these key subject areas improved. In Maths, 84% of the Year 11 at AGS achieved a ‘standard pass’ (equivalent to the old grade C) which was a 10% increase from 2016. In English this figure reached 86%, compared to 71% the year before. The school is also very pleased with the number of students achieving the new higher threshold of what the government are calling a ‘strong pass’ in both English and Maths. 64% of students at AGS achieved a Grade 5 or better in both English and Maths.
The new GCSEs also saw the introduction of a 'Grade 9' which is expected to be achieved by only 3% of students across the country in 2017. The percentage of students achieving this highest grade at AGS is 6% in Maths and 7% in English.
Destinations data is not available for the 2017 GCSE leavers cohort and lags behind other national datasets. Data for 2015 GCSE leavers shows that 90% of students leaving Anthony Gell went on to secure sustained education, employment or training.
1. A 'standard' pass includes grade 4 or higher (grade 4 is equivalent to an old grade C).
2. A 'strong' pass includes grade 5 or higher in the new 9 to 1 grading structure.
3. EBACC 'strong' pass includes students who have attained a grade 5 or higher in Maths and English and a grade C or higher in the remaining three subjects comprising a combination of the sciences (including computer science), a humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language (German or French).
4. EBACC 'standard' pass includes students who have attained a grade 4 or higher in Maths and English and a grade C or higher in the remaining three subjects comprising a combination of the sciences (including computer science), a humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language (German or French)
A Level / Level 3 Qualifications
The A level results of our 2017 cohort of students were also very good and show a three year trend of improvement. Once again, the percentage of students achieving the highest grades was a stand-out feature of this year’s A level results at AGS with 56% of grades being awarded at A*- B. Students achieved well in all subject areas and exceptionally well in Geography, Chemistry, Maths and Health and Social Care (Double Award) which all posted results that placed them firmly in the top 10% of schools nationally. Overall, in terms of A level results, Anthony Gell School was one of the top 25% of schools in the country in both 2016 and 2017 giving the school a 3 year grading of ‘Excellent’.
A Level Results at AGS - 3 Year Trend
Being a fully inclusive Sixth Form at AGS, we are also proud of the fact that there was a 99% pass rate at A level in 2017. In addition to this, the school has achieved its highest ever set of results in vocational subjects such as BTEC Science & ICT. Students studying the vocational subjects at AGS all achieved the highest grade available of Distinction Star*.
Of those students who resat their GCSE English and Maths as part of their post 16 provision at Anthony Gell , 100% of students attained a C grade equivalent in English (22% nationally) whereas 50% of students achieved the same standard in Maths (18% nationally).
Course retention at A level and AS level was excellent with 98% of the 2017 cohort completing their main programme of study compared with 96% nationally.
Destination analysis shows that a very high proportion of students leaving the Anthony Gell School 6th form went on to secure employment, continuing education or training opportunities, (98% in total). Of these, 80% went on to continue their education and a further 12% were successful in gaining apprenticeships.
To find out more about our school’s performance in examinations please follow the link below: