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    Results and other school data

    2018 Results – an initial ‘Take 1’ summary 

    August 2018

    The whole community congratulates our Y11 and VI Form students of the class of 2018 on their excellent achievements. And we look forward to seeing them again in their Prize Evening in December 2018.

    Part 1 - A Level

    Our A level performance put the quality of A level provision as very good using the ALPS value-added criteria of schools in the country.

    ·         A* – A grades: 25% [27% 2017]

    ·         A*- B grades: 55% [58% 2017]

    ·         A*-C grades: 81% [81% 2017]

    ·         A*-E grades: 98% [98.5% 2017]

    We use the ALPS system see  Our student progress measure gained ALPS grade 4 in 2018 which equals very good. This was true of 2017 too.

    Notre Dame’s Head of School Neil Cully said, ‘we are all extremely pleased and proud of our students and the superb A level results they achieved. The whole school community has worked hard to gain these excellent results. We are particularly pleased that 25% of grades are A – A*.

    A number of students gained A*s in their entirety of A levels. We are pleased to have 3 Oxbridge candidates with 1 awaiting confirmation and 2 medicine students who have been successful in securing places with another awaiting confirmation.  We wish all our departing hard-working students the very best for their futures.’

    Part 2 – GCSE

    The 2018 GCSE results of our Notre Dame students were very strong.

    1a. Measure 1 - Basics (English & Maths) positive

    ·         88% of students gained Grade 4 or higher

                  (Standard Pass – equivalent to the former Grade C+) [87%  2017]

    • with Pupil Premium eligible students gaining 78%  Grade 4 or higher [61% 2017]


    ·         64% of students gained Grade 5 (Good Pass – equivalent to the top end of C/B part] [57% 2017]  

    • Pupil Premium eligible students 47% Grade 5 or higher [32% 2017]


    ·         English Language Grade 4-9: 88% [-1% from 2017] with % 5-9 76% [71% 2017]

    ·         English Literature Grade 4-9: 94% [= 2017] with % 5-9 81% [76% 2017]

    ·         Maths Grade 4-9: 90% [+1% 2017] with % 5-9  69% [62% 2017]

    1b. EBacc

    The Ebacc is the measure for students who took English Language, English Literature, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and   either History of Geography – the latter which is optional.  Some 70% of our students entered these qualifications.

    ·         Ebacc grade 4-9: 51.5% - if using a comparable, like for like, measure, it was 34% in 2017.

    ·         Ebacc grade 5+: 36% (31% 2017) *


    *For the Grade 5 Ebacc grade last year it required just two grade 5s in English and Maths and grade Cs in the other Ebacc subjects. It now requires a grade 5 in all Ebacc subjects and a grade 5 is a low B/high C grade in terms of old GCSE grades. So these figures for last year factor this in now.

    See also

    2. Measure 2 - Attainment 8 positive

    Our Attainment 8 figure (best 8 GCSEs) is: 56.56 points (Average Grade 5.7 to 1dp) compared to last year 53.35 points (Average Grade 5.3 to 1dp)

            ·         And Pupil Premium:  49 points (Average Grade 4.9) compared to last year 44 points

                       (Average Grade 4.4) 

    There is a 0.9 grade gap on this measure comparing Pupil Premium with Non-Pupil Premium so closing to just under the average typical grade gap which was true of 2017.

    3. Measure 3 - Progress 8 initially positive

    Our internal Progress 8 figure (based on, as with all schools currently, the existing 2017 matrices and point scores) is:  0.4 equivalent to almost ½ of a grade added value compared to expected outcomes.  And Pupil Premium Progress 8 = 0.18 equivalent to one-fifth of a grade added value compared to expected outcomes. 

    Nine Notre Dame students gained four or more of the new grade 9s. One student gained seven grade 9s, and 4 grade 8s; and another gained seven grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, and 1 one grade 7. These impressive results overall demonstrate the commitment of our students to their exams and also that every single examination entry counts.

    Notre Dame’s Head of School Neil Cully said, ‘we are all extremely pleased and proud of these superb results achieved by our students, who have worked extremely hard with these new tougher GCSEs and have been rewarded with excellent grades. I have to pay tribute to all of our staff who have worked hard with the new GCSE courses and have enabled students to do so well.  We wish all our students the best for the future.’  

    These results will be updated with the school’s Book of Numbers which will be placed here with a link, as well as the links to the school performance tables – see

    Paul Short

    Assistant Headteacher