Exam Results & Attainment

  • Nailsea School 4+ in English: 91% 
  • Nailsea School 4+ in Maths: 80% 
  • Nailsea School 4+ in English and Maths: 75%
  • Nailsea School 5+ in English and Maths: 47%
  • Nailsea School All entries graded 9 – 7: 26% 
  • Nailsea School All entries graded 9 – 4: 74%

A Message from Headteacher Mrs Elliott : –

I’m incredibly proud of our students and staff that have had to cope with the national changes to the assessment system, namely the more challenging content being taught and examined.

Whilst acknowledging the enormous achievements of the most able is very important, as a truly inclusive school we mentor, nurture, encourage and celebrate every single student.  We have fantastic dedication from the students and unwavering belief from staff, which has helped with this success.

I would also like to thank the fabulous support of parents over the last 5 years and especially the support they gave their children over the last few months. The excellent relationships fostered between school and home has enabled our students to flourish and subsequently celebrate these wonderful results.

Behind every set of examination results there is a personal story of commitment and perseverance.  I am absolutely delighted that the hard work of the students has been rewarded with these marvellous results.

I wish our students well as they follow the path of their choice, whether that be to further education, apprenticeships or further training.


English Baccalaureate


Ebacc Entrants = 33%

Ebacc Average point score = 4.09


Staying in Education / Entering in Employment


The number of pupils who stay in education or enter into employment after studying at Nailsea School is 94%


Progress & Attainment 8


Progress 8 figure = -0.43

Attainment 8 figure = 46.7


Our Progress 8 Score

In 2017 the Government changed the way progress is measured at secondary school. The new system is called Progress 8 and it tracks the progress children make from leaving primary school to leaving secondary school. The aim of the new measure is to encourage good quality teaching across a broad curriculum.

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are based on pupils’ performance in eight qualifications.

  • Element 1- English & Maths (double weighting)
  • Element 2 – Three Ebacc subjects (Sciences, Languages, History or Geography)
  • Element 3 – Three highest scores from a range of other qualifications, including GCSEs and approved non-GCSEs.

The average Progress 8 score of all secondary schools nationally is 0. schools with a Progress 8 score of below -0.5 are not deemed to be achieving the minimum standard expected by the Government. A score of +0.5 or above shows that pupils in that school are making well above the expected level of progress.

In 2017, Nailsea School’s Progress 8 score was measured as -0.43, which is a low measure. The reason behind this is that Nailsea School does not make it compulsory for its students to take the eight subjects that count towards the overall score in the new progress measure. At Nailsea School students are given a choice to find a pathway that suits their own needs and skills. Students may choose to study GCSEs in Media, Fine Art, Drama, IT, Business, Photography, Sports, Engineering, Food & Nutrition, Fashion & Textiles or Music – none of which are Ebacc subjects, and therefore do not wholly count towards the Progress 8 score, despite the attainment.

Although this more flexible approach works positively for the students, this has impacted negatively on Nailsea School’s overall Progress 8 outcome. This explains why our Progress 8 score is at odds with our GCSE attainment results in subjects, including in English and Maths, which are above national average.

Headteacher, Mrs Elliott commented, “GCSE results day is always one full of emotions. Behind every single grade there are individual stories of perseverance and resilience that cannot be measured in these overall accountability measures. I continue to be immensely proud of our students’ achievements.”

Nailsea School is committed to not only improving its Progress 8 score, but to maintaining its core values of investing in the whole child, to see them as individuals. We endeavour to find a solution which meets both Government standards and invests in the whole child.