Performance & Results
A Level Results 2020
Year 13 students at Nailsea School are once again celebrating success.
59% of all entries were awarded at A*- B grades with 28% of all qualifications gaining the very top grades.
Year 13s collected their much anticipated results from Nailsea School, in what has been an unprecedented year. A one way system was set up within the school in line with social distance protocols. Separate areas were set up for careers advice with another for pastoral and emotional support, helping students get any additional information that they might need. Many students were very pleased with their results and the school saw an overall increase in headline figures from 2019. With a 3% increase in A*/A, 5% increase in A*/B and a 2% increase in A*- C results.
Mrs Elliott – Headteacher said:
“This group of students have all done something amazing and something no other young person has been asked to do – complete their schooling against a backdrop of a pandemic. I am immensely proud and humbled by the way students, staff and families have responded to this situation. I am thrilled for those students and staff that got the results that they hoped for, but beyond those pieces of paper, our students have all shown immense character and resilience during this entire process and I am exceptionally proud of Team Nailsea. My colleagues and I will continue to be here for all students to make sure they find the success that they deserve and the destination they aspire to.”
Mr Reddiford – Head of Sixth Form said
“On this more difficult than usual results day, we are delighted that so many students got the grades to take the next steps.”
Many students have achieved places at their desired university, college, apprenticeship and workplace, with one student gaining a place to Oxford.
Students at Nailsea School arrived this morning at the Mizzymead Road site to collect their long awaited GCSE, Vocational and Technical qualifications. For many of the students whose exams were cancelled it was the first time they had been on the Nailsea School site for 5 months.
The journey to this point has not been an easy one, with highly publicised changes in government policy and a further change made at the last minute with an announcement from an exam board who will now be holding back results for further moderation.
Mrs Elliott, Headteacher said : –
“The last week or so has been incredibly challenging for all students collecting results this summer. However, it is not the day for me to become involved in political statements – today is about our students, who we have all missed greatly and of whom I’m immensely proud.
I was genuinely excited to see them collecting their GCSE and vocational results- the culmination of their hard work and resilience over a number of years. Students have been successful in gaining places on a range of apprenticeships, college courses and we are thrilled to be welcoming back the largest number of applicants to Nailsea Sixth Form that we have seen in recent years. It will be an absolute pleasure to see these students returning next month to begin their Level 3 courses. I wish those that are going on to new adventures all the best of luck and ask them to keep in touch. This year group certainly has a special place in our hearts and we will miss them”
The number of pupils who stay in education or enter into employment after studying at Nailsea School is 94%
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.
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 2019, Nailsea School’s Progress 8 score was measured as -0.69, 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.
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