Results and Performance

Bedford High School Class of 2017 achieved excellent exam results. There were some exceptional individual performances. Natasha Bentham achieved the highest possible Grade 9 in all three of the New GCSEs in Maths, English Language and English Literature. Fewer than 2,000 out of 500, 000 students nationally achieved this standard. Natasha also achieved 6 other A* and 2 A grades. Eleanor Wilkinson also achieved 9 top grades (A* or 9). Many other individuals achieved excellent results; too many to mention.

Standards overall have improved. 58% achieved a pass in both Maths and English, an improvement of 4% on 2016. 74% achieved a pass in English, an improvement of 9% on 2016. 62% achieved a pass in Maths, an improvement of 3% on 2016.

Standards have also risen for Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) students. 41% of Disadvantaged students achieved a pass in both Maths and English, an improvement of 11% on 2016. 58% of Disadvantaged students achieved a pass in English, an improvement of 11% on 2016. 47% of Disadvantaged students achieved a pass in Maths, an improvement of 12% on 2016.

Whilst the importance of results in English and Maths cannot be overstated, it is important to us that students develop and achieve on a broad range of areas across the curriculum. It is particularly pleasing to see high standards being achieved in creative and technological, as well as academic, subjects. For example;

  • 64% students achieved A* or A grades in Spanish
  • 52% students achieved A* or A grades in Biology
  • 50% students achieved A* or A grades in Physics
  • 43% students achieved A* or A grades in Chemistry
  • 41% students achieved A* or A grades in Media
  • 32% students achieved A* or A grades in French
  • 30% students achieved A* or A grades in ICT
  • 25% students achieved A* or A grades in Music

The 2017 results are another indication of the growing success of Bedford High School. Of the twenty-three different subjects in which students were entered, standards have risen in sixteen and remained the same in two. In the majority of subjects standards are either in line with or above national average, which represents good progress as the prior attainment of the year group when they arrived at Bedford at the start of Year 7 was significantly below national average.

This success is due to the talent and hard work of our students and staff, supported by parents and families. Congratulations and good luck to all of our students as they embark on the next stage of their lives.

The key outcomes using the new measures are as follows:

  • The school’s Progress 8 Score for 2017 will not be available until the DFE shares all national data.
  • The Average Attainment 8 Grade was 4.3. This means that the average grade achieved by students across eight subjects was just above 4 in New GCSE subjects, or just above C in Old GCSEs.
  • 58% of students gained a ‘standard’ pass (Grade 9-4) in both English and Maths.
  • 29% of students gained a ‘strong’ pass (Grade 9-5) in both English and Maths.
  • 11% of students were entered for the Full English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities). 8% of students achieved standard passes (Grades 4-9) in all of these areas. 7% of students achieved strong passes (Grades 5-9) in all of these areas.

For further details on our performance and results, please visit the DFE Performance Tables.

KS4 / KS5 Destination Measures

Destination measures provide information on the destinations of students who left Bedford High School at the end of KS4. This measure is based on the young person’s activity in the year after they have left Bedford High School (i.e. college/training provider enrolment)

The KS4 destination measures show the percentage of students continuing their education in a post-16 college or training provider; the percentage who went into employment or training, including through an apprenticeship; and those who were not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The DfE publications of the measures are based on sustained participation in all of the first two terms of the year after the young person left KS4. This information can be found on the DfE website.

Summary of post-16 enrolment and participation in further education or training for 2016 leavers (accurate from September 2016):

  Apprenticeship / Employed College / Further Education Provider Other Training Provider
Total no. students 192 11 167 10
Total % students engaged 188 6% 87% 5%
Total % students engaged 98%  

Bedford GCSE