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Performance tables published

20 December 2019

Government figures have shown Westminster City School’s 2019 GCSE results to be above national averages, and significantly above national averages for state-funded boys’ schools.

Earlier this term, the Department for Education released their provisional national school performance tables for August 2019 GCSE results. While the average attainment 8 score per pupil at all state-funded schools was 46.5, and 43.9 for all state-funded boys’ schools, at Westminster City School it was higher, at 49.

In addition, while 64.4% of all state-funded school pupils achieved a 9-4 pass in GCSE English and Mathematics, and 60.7% of all state-funded boys’ school pupils, this rose to an impressive 67% for Westminster City School pupils.

The Department for Education calculates the attainment 8 scores for pupils by adding up the points achieved in eight GCSE (or equivalent) subjects, and dividing by 10. (While pupils don’t have to take eight subjects, they will score zero for any unfilled slots). A school’s attainment 8 score is thus the average of all of its pupils’ scores.

Mr Peter Broughton, Headteacher at Westminster City School, said: “We were already hugely proud of our 2019 GCSE results, which saw a string of excellent outcomes for individuals and the cohort. It is pleasing to see, from these provisional performance tables by the Department for Education, that our GCSE results are above national averages, and significantly above national averages for state-funded boys’ schools.

“In addition, the progress of pupils across eight GCSE qualifications (the progress 8 measure) saw an improvement in performance by Westminster City School pupils that was close to half a grade per subject. Taking into consideration the final outcomes achieved by our pupils, this means that our School was just above national state-funded school averages, and close to one third above state-funded boys’ school national averages.”

The progress 8 measure compares pupils’ Key Stage 4 results to those of other pupils nationally, who had a similar prior attainment at Key Stage 2. A school’s progress 8 scores is then calculated by adding together the progress 8 scores of all the pupils in Year 11 and dividing this by the number of pupils in a school.

Mr Broughton added: “Westminster City School’s results in these national school performance tables further demonstrates that the hard work by our pupils, and the dedication by our teaching staff to support and encourage learning, is paying dividends.”

The Department for Education will publish further school performance tables, analysing the 2019 GCSE results, in January 2020.

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