The impact of the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 exams meant that all students nationally received centre assessed, and teacher assessed grades. Students at Anthony Gell School were awarded grades that fully reflected the progress and learning that they demonstrated prior to lockdown. On both A Level and GCSE results days, our students were able to arrive in school to receive their exam grades, celebrate their results, and were then able to confidently plan for their successful transition.
The last set of externally verified grades for all schools were in 2019. In 2019 at AGS, there was an impressive 98% and 100% pass rate for students in Maths and English respectively. AGS students achieved at least a grade 5 as an average grade in sixteen different subjects. This level of success allowed students onto a range of appropriate pathways, which continued in 2020 and 2021.
In 2019, the progress 8 figure of 0.12, placed the school in 8th place in the county. The positive progress 8 figure indicates that students at AGS made more progress than their peers in most other schools nationally. The Attainment 8 score for students at Anthony Gell was 50.1, significantly above the national figure of 46.7.
In 2019, the % of students achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) at grade 4+ was 32%, once again this was markedly above the national figure of 25%. At grade 5+, 22% of students achieved the EBacc standard and this compared to 17% nationally.
The results achieved by students in Year 13, placed AGS in the top 25% of schools in England. In addition, students made outstanding progress in different areas of the curriculum and achieved results in many subjects, which resulted in AGS being placed firmly in the top 10% of schools nationally in these qualifications. Students in 2019 gained a value-added score of 0.19, rated as ‘Above Average’ by the Department for Education. Any score above zero means that students perform above the standard achieved by similar students nationally and the value added outcomes in this year were particularly pleasing for our students. The Average Points Score, for our completing students, was a pleasing 35.74 equating to an average grade of B- on results day and meaning all of our students were placed in either educational settings or other transition pathways of their choice on results day 2019.
For learners who completed 16 to 19 study programmes in 2018, 100% of students were ‘retained and assessed’ in their courses. Following leaving school, at the end of their exams, 100% of students who could be traced by the DFE went on to sustained destinations with only 4% of the year group being classed as ‘activity not captured’, and no students recorded as ‘destination not sustained’, a credit to our students who have showed great determination to follow a range of educational and work opportunities. We wish them well on their journeys and look forward to learning of their successes in the coming years.
The school continues to provide a broad curriculum which includes a range of vocational qualifications and in these areas, 80% of students achieved outstanding grades of a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Distinction Star’.