Results and Performance


Bedford High School Class of 2016 achieved excellent exam results. It was particularly pleasing to see many of our students achieving the highest possible standards. The number of A*-A grades increased by 50% on 2015. Almost one in five of grades (19%) achieved by students at Bedford was a ‘top’ grade. The figures below illustrate how these successes were achieved in many areas of the curriculum;

  • Physics 55% A*-A
  • English Literature 50% A*-A
  • Biology 55% A*-A
  • Music 39% A*-A
  • Geography 32% A*-A
  • English Language 24% A*-A

This academic excellence was reflected in the achievements of many individual students at Bedford. Special mention must go to Tom Draper who gained A* in all 11 of his subjects, a perfect set of results!

However, success is not just measured in A* and A grades. In 2016 the Average Points Score achieved across 8 subjects improved on 2015, with our students achieving an overall average grade of C-, which represents a ‘good pass’. 54% of students achieved grade A*-C in both key subjects of English and Maths.  In 2016 the proportion of students making expected and more than expected progress in both English and Maths increased from 2015.  For example, 47% of students made MORE THAN expected progress in English, well above the figure achieved by most schools nationally.

We are also proud of the fact that 100% of students achieved passes. Every single student left with useful qualifications, even individuals who faced significant challenges or were unable to attend regularly due to difficulties.

The 2016 results are another indication of the growing success of Bedford High School. Levels of progress have improved in the majority of subjects including; English, Maths, English Literature, Spanish, Geography, Business, Media, Music, PE, Religious Studies, Food, Resistant Materials, Child Development and Leisure & Tourism. Progress is better than the national average in the following subjects; English, English Literature, Biology, Physics, Spanish, Geography, ICT, Media, Music, PE and Food.

This success is all due to the talent and hard work of our students and staff. 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:

  • 54% of students gained A*-C in both English and Maths
  • The Average Attainment 8 Grade was 4.7 (C-). This is the average grade achieved by students across 8 subjects.
  • 27 % students were entered for the Full English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities) 17 % of students achieved A*-C in all of these areas.
  • The School’s Progress 8 Score was -0.2.

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%  

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