Exam Results

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Academic Excellence

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.

Performance information 2019 - 2021

2019 was the first year where all subjects were graded from 9 to 1, meaning comparisons with previous years is not possible. It is also the last year where ‘normal’ examinations were taken; in 2020 students received Centre Assessed Grades and in 2021 Teacher Assessed Grades. It is important to stress that all of these grades were subject to a rigorous moderation and checking process, both internally and externally at exam board level.

A key performance measure for schools is the proportion of students who attained a ‘Good Pass’ in English and mathematics (grade 4 or above).  A ‘Strong Pass’ is considered to be grade 5 and above.  As a high achieving school, we also consider the proportion of students gaining a Grade 7 or above.  (For ‘English’, it is the student’s best grade of English Language and Literature which is included.)

 

As can be seen from the table, Soar Valley’s results are significantly above national and are rising year on year.  They demonstrate excellent levels of progress for our students from their starting points on entry in year 7.  The achievement of our most able students is particularly strong, and indicates our students perform well above national expectations.

 

English AND maths

English

Mathematics

% Grade 4+ 2021

77

88

80

2020

72

84

75

2019

67

80

71

National 2019

65

62

60

% Grade 5+ 2021

55

68

59

2020

51

66

57

2019

45

67

50

% Grade 7+ 2021

18

25

28

2020

15

24

27

2019

17

23

27

 

 

 






















Progress Measures
A figure called Progress 8 is also reported on. This figure is a calculation based on the achievement across 8 subjects for each student based on whether they met, exceeded or were below their expected performance in each subject. A figure is then calculated for the whole school. -0.5 is considered to be the ‘floor standard’, or the minimum expected standard set by the government, and national averages are just below 0.

This figure was +0.5 for Soar Valley in 2017, +0.3 in 2018, and +0.5 for 2019. Our internal data show figures for 2020 and 2021 of +0.51 and +0.58 respectively (national figures will not be released for these two academic years).
This means our students make significantly more progress than their peers nationally on average, and indicates very strong performance.
The English Baccalaureate

The EBacc is a measure that continues to be reported on. This year 25% of students entered the EBacc suite of subjects, meaning they studied English, maths, science, and two from Geography, History, Computer Science and French or German. Our policy is to not enforce any particular option choices on students, but to allow them to follow their strengths and interests. 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. The EBacc figure reflects this student-centred approach and the breadth of our curriculum.

Attainment 8
This is the average grade that students obtained in their GCSEs at a school, and for 2019 this was 48.30. Given that our students have very varied starting points when they enter the school in year 7, this is a very impressive outcome and again represents outstanding progress. The attainment 8 figures in 2020 and 2021 were 51.03 and 53.61 respectively.

Destination measures
A measure of a school’s success is how well-prepared students are for the next stage in their life. In 2019 98.5% of our students were in full-time education, employment or training by November of the year they left school. This reflects the strong emphasis in school on careers education and preparation for working life.

 

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