Exam Results September 2018

A Level Results:

Headteacher Paul Quinn, of Longbenton High School, said: “Our students have worked incredibly hard, as their A Level results demonstrate, and we are all immensely proud. I am also extremely proud of our wonderful and dedicated teachers, support staff, governors and parents who have helped to ensure these excellent grades have been achieved.

Longbenton showed a 95% pass rate at A Level with an impressive 30% of grades at A*-B.  Our Average Points per Entry (APE) of 28.6 is good progress for what was a weaker cohort on entry than compared to recent years.   A high proportion of those who applied for university have secured their places at universities including Aberystwyth, Cardiff, North Carolina, Newcastle, Lancaster, Stirling and Exeter.  They will go on to study courses such as computer science, natural sciences, journalism, photography, chemistry, engineering, maths and physics.  I would like to wish all of our students the best of luck for the future.”

GCSE Results:

Many congratulations to our Year 11 students on their GCSE results.  They show much success from students of all abilities and will allow them to move forward towards their next step be that with us in our Sixth Form, in further education elsewhere or through an apprenticeship. They should be particularly proud as their achievements come at a time of huge change at GCSE with the introduction of the 9 to 1 grading scale and exams that are designed to be tougher.  As a school we are proud to celebrate with our students and wish them the very best for whatever their next step may be.

The Performance Tables gives information on the achievements of pupils in primary, secondary and 16-18 provision in schools and colleges, and how they compare with other schools in the Local Authority (LA) area and in England as a whole.


KEY STAGE 4 – LHS RESULTS provisional 2018 data (2017 in brackets)

Please note that the school has an additionally resourced provision for students with autism. While GCSE is not an appropriate assessment metric for these pupils their data does count within the whole school figures which lead them to be lower than would have been the case were the Melrose pupils discounted.

Progress 8

-0.48    (-0.49)

Attainment 8

44.7    (41.5)

% age of students who achieved grade 4 or above in English and Maths

64%    (54%)

% age of students who achieved grade 5 or above in English and Maths

36%    (39%)

% age of students entering for the English Baccalaureate

20%    (11%)

% age of students who’ve achieved the English Baccalaureate

13.5%    (8%)

% age of students staying in education, employment or training after key Stage 4 (destinations)

95% (for 2015 cohort)

99% (for 2016 cohort)

97% (for 2017 cohort)

97% (for 2018 cohort)

KEY STAGE 5 – LHS RESULTS provisional 2018 data

Progress LHS students have made compared with students across the country

Academic -0.1 

The points score and average grade LHS students get at KS5

Academic 28.6

Academic average grade C

Progress students have made in English & Maths

English +1.00

Maths +0.67

Retention – the proportion of students who get to the end of their study programme

Y13 retention 2017/18 was 100% up from 97% the year before.

Destinations – the % age of students who continue in education or training, or move to employment at the end of KS5 study

50% of students went to university

11% secured and apprenticeship

6% went to FE

3% took  a gap year

30% continued in sixth form


Secondary school performance tables due to be published for summer 2018 GCSE results cannot be compared to the previous years because of GCSE reforms and changes to performance measures.

Caution must be exercised in making judgements on the basis of performance measures which are undergoing significant transition, and will continue to be turbulent in 2018.

Attainment 8

Attainment 8 is based on scores for eight qualifications. The way these are calculated has changed in 2017 with the new 9 to 1 assessments in maths and the way in which A*-G qualifications are given equivalent points being radically different too.

A school’s Attainment 8 score may therefore vary significantly from 2017, even if its GCSE grades were broadly similar to the previous year.

Progress 8

Progress 8 compares the Attainment 8 scores of similar pupils and calculates their progress against the national average. Changes to Attainment 8 mean top grades (A* and 9) score more than in the previous year, while grades B-F score less than in 2017, resulting in a wider range of Progress 8 scores.

This means fewer schools on or near average, and more at both ends of the performance scale. This situation reflects a change to the system, not a deterioration of standards.

A dip in a school’s Progress 8 scores does not necessarily mean a dip in performance.

Achievement in English and maths

Previously, the headline measure was the percentage of pupils achieving Grade C and above, broadly equivalent to the new Grade 4 and above in English and maths. However, the government arbitrarily decided to make the headline measure the percentage of pupils achieving Grade 5 and above (equivalent to the previous top C grade and bottom B grade). There is no comparable performance measure in previous years.

English Baccalaureate achievement

Similarly, this headline measure was previously the percentage of pupils achieving a Grade C or above in the EBacc subjects.

Now, English and maths elements must be at Grade 5 or above, meaning this year’s figure should not be compared to previous years.

(This information is based on guidance from a factsheet published by  ASCL, the Association of School and College Leaders.)

School and college performance table information is available here: