North Somerset schools fall short of national average as GCSE results tables released

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 October 2017

GCSE pupils were given grades 9-1 for the first time this year in English and maths.

GCSE pupils were given grades 9-1 for the first time this year in English and maths.


The newly-released GCSE provisional results show only two North Somerset schools scored above the national average for pupil progress.

The Department for Education has released tables which compare how schools performed in the new progress 8 and attainment 8 measures.

All schools in North Somerset achieved above the attainment 8 national average, but four of the six schools in the area fell below the national average when it came to progress.

Progress 8 measures a school based on how its pupils’ develop, looking at their results at the end of primary school compared to the end of secondary school.

The attainment measure looks at a student’s average grade across eight subjects, with English and maths counting twice. A school’s attainment 8 score is made of the average of all its students’ scores.

Backwell School topped the table for development, securing 0.21, compared to the national average of zero, while Nailsea School fell short, scoring -0.51.

However when the number of pupils scoring A*-C including English and maths are compared, the standings change.

Backwell School still tops North Somerset schools with 78 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A*-C and 9-4 grades but Nailsea is comfortably in the middle of the table with 65 per cent.

Gordano School was the only other school in the area to surpass the national average for progress, scoring 0.19.

This year saw the introduction of the new 9-1 GCSE grading system, which was rolled out nationwide in English and maths.

It saw pupils receive a numbered grade in the two core subjects, where a 4 is considered a pass and the higher the number, the better the achievement.

The A*-U grading system was still used for other subjects but this will cease to exist by 2018.

Jon Reddiford, North Somerset’s secretary for the National Union of Teachers said they were ‘not happy’ with the new method of comparing schools.

He added: “In effect this forces schools to push students into studying the ‘traditional’ subjects and few others.

“The results are not necessarily a true reflection, as there are so many other factors such as students being on appropriate courses, class size, amount of teaching time and access to textbooks and resources which with funding cuts is increasingly tricky.”

Other News Stories

Charity shop staff are hoping to ‘say thank you to the community’ as they celebrate the store’s fifth birthday.

Read more

Crowds gathered at a national charity’s base to march for cancer care at the weekend.

Read more

North Somerset Council will begin trialling a new phone service next month which allows the public to leave a message asking staff to call them back rather than waiting on hold.

Read more

A ‘fantastic’ provision which has helped build the confidence of children with mental and physical disabilities has reached the end of its first year of operations.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

A South West zoo has revealed the first photos of two new-born cubs, the first African lion cubs born in the UK since 2015.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:02

More people are dying in care homes instead of in hospital.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:58

Fewer families are using North Somerset’s children centres since services suffered cut backs.

Read more
Fri, 16:58

Live music, comedy and a double header of two iconic sci-fi films are just a handful of the activities taking place across the district this weekend.

Read more

Most rubbish and recycling collections are being collected on time, says North Somerset Council, following a summer of problems with the service.

Read more
Fri, 08:00

A crackdown on hate crime has been announced by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications