Exam Results

We are very proud of the academic achievements of our students. Students at Soar Valley achieve some of the highest results in the city year after year, and progress measures are consistently strong.

A key performance measure for schools is the proportion of students who attained a ‘Good Pass’ in these subjects (grade 4 or above). A ‘Strong Pass’ is considered to be grade 5 and above. For English, it is the student’s best grade of English Language and Literature which is included..


English & Maths

English Language


% Grade 4+




% Grade 5+




As can be seen, Soar Valley’s results are very positive and well above national averages, as such, demonstrate excellent levels of progress for our students from their starting points on entry in year 7.
We are also very proud of the achievement of our most able students, with 20%, 18% and 27% of our students gaining Grade 7 and above in English Literature, Language and Mathematics respectively.

Progress Measures
Progress 8 is a calculation based on the achievement across 8 subjects for each student and based on whether they met, exceeded or were below their expected performance in each subject. This figure was 0.29 for Soar Valley in 2016 and 2018. In 2017 our progress 8 score was 0.51 and for 2019 we have achieved a score of 0.49. This means our students have made significantly more progress than their peers nationally on average, and indicates very strong performance that has been sustained over a considerable period of time.


The English Baccalaureate
The EBacc is a measure that continues to be reported on. This year 14% of students gained the EBacc, meaning they gained grade 5 or above in English, Maths, Science, and two from Geography, History and French or German.


Given that our policy is to not enforce any particular option choices on students, this is a pleasing figure and a reflection of the breadth of our curriculum. At Soar Valley, 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 so if their interests and abilities lie in other subjects.
Attainment 8
This is the average grade that students obtained in their GCSEs at a school, for 2019 this is 46.97. Given that our students have very varied starting points and for this particular year group were well below national averages when they arrived with us in year 7, this is a very impressive outcome and represents outstanding progress, as outlined and evidenced above.


Destination measures
A measure of a school’s success is how well-prepared students are for the next stage in their life. In 2017 96.5% of our students were in full-time education, employment or training by November 1st, 9 students of a total cohort of 260. This reflects the strong emphasis in school on careers education and preparation for working life.


The percentage of students staying in education or entering employment after KS4 is above national figures. 95% of our students went into sustained education. 1.6% went into employment. The majority of students are now in a sixth form college (64%), with 5% of students going to a school’s sixth form and 26% of students into further education.


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