Exam Results August 2017

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 97% pass rate at A Level with an impressive 41% of grades at A*-B and 69% at A*-C.  Our Average Points per Entry (APE) of 33.3 is well above figure for schools nationally.   A high proportion of those who applied for university have secured their places at universities including Warwick, Durham, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool.  They will go on to study courses such as maths, physics, social work, business and history.  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.



Progress 8


Attainment 8


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


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


% age of students entering for the English Baccalaureate


% age of students who’ve achieved the English Baccalaureate


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

95% (for 2015 cohort)

Internal data for 2017 cohort shows 99%


Progress LHS students have made compared with students across the country

Academic +0.1 (60 Students)

Applied General -0.1 (11 Students)

No technical level students

The points score and average grade LHS students get at KS5

Academic 32.59 (compared to 31.79 national)

Academic average grade C+

Vocational 34.55 (compared to 34.7 national)

Vocational average grade Distinction

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

End of Year 12 to End of Year 13 83.1% (more data to follow once performance tables are published)

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

67.2% of students went to university

11.9% found employment

13.4% secured and apprenticeship

4.5% went to FE

3.0% continued into Y14


Secondary school performance tables due to be published for summer 2017 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 2016, 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 2016, 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 cannot 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: