Exam results

Progress and attainment at key stage 4

For Progress 8 in 2019, Walton was the highest performing school in Grantham, including selective grammars and also the highest performing non-selective school in Lincolnshire. Our Progress 8 score placed us in the top 5% of all schools nationally and indicated the success our students saw.

The Progress 8 score shows the value the school has added from the key stage 2 SATs results, our score of 0.98 indicates that students typically achieve over half a GCSE grade higher than students with similar starting points.

Progress 8 score for 2019

Across the key indicators, Walton performed exceptionally well compared to the national average and was well above in most. It is worth noting that the attainment measure in English and maths was changed from a 4 to a 5 in 2018 nationally. As a result of the two grammar schools in Grantham we have fewer ‘high prior attainers’ on entry than the national average and it is these students who typically achieve the highest grades, therefore this result is not surprising given our context. This will continue to be an area of focus for our academy moving forward.

Key stage 4 results 2019
Progress 8 score*0.98
Attainment 8 score**51.4
Percentage of students achieving a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and maths44%
Percentage of students entered for EBacc***40%
EBacc average point score***4.58
Percentage of students staying in education or employment after key stage 4 (destinations)98%

Overview of GCSE results 2019

  • 74% of students achieved at least 4-9 grades in maths and English
  • 82% of grades were grade 4 and above in English
  • 79% of grades were grade 4 and above for maths
  • 73% of students achieved five or more GCSEs (inc. maths and English)
  • 32 grade 9s in total
  • 59% of students achieved top marks of Merit, Distinction, Distinction* in BTEC Level 2

Overall attainment has increased, continuing the upward trend of the results of the academy over the last three years.

*Progress 8

This score shows how much progress students at this school made between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4, compared to pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2. This is based on results in up to eight qualifications, which include English, maths, three English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.

**Attainment 8

Schools get a score based on how well students have performed in up to eight qualifications, which include English, maths, three EBacc qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.

***English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

A student is considered to have entered for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) if they entered for qualifications in English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography. It is not a test or qualification, it is a measure used to provide information about a particular range of qualifications. An average point score (APS) is calculated for students across the five pillars of the EBacc, allocating points to a student’s best grades and dividing by six (the science grades count in two pillars, meaning a total of six pillars) to create an average point score per student.

For more information on performance measures, visit the Department for Education’s website.

Key stage 5 – A Level exam results 2019

  • Overall pass rate: 99%
  • 9% of grades A*-A
  • 29% of grades A*-B
  • 98% of grades A*-E
  • 57% of Level 3 BTEC grades were the top Distinction* Distinction

Find out more

Further information on Walton’s performance can be found on the government’s ‘find and compare schools’ website.

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