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Exam Results - GCSE

For historical data (years 2005 - 2018), please click here.

Students at APS are celebrating yet another year of excellent GCSE examination results. Under government reforms, GCSE grades for the majority of subjects are now awarded on a scale from 1, being the lowest, to 9, being the highest. There has once again been a rise at our school in the proportion of the three highest grades awarded. More than a third of the results recorded by pupils at the school were at the new 9 to 7 grades comparable to A** A* and A for GCSE. At APS 11% grade 9’s, 23% grade 8 and above and 40% grade 7 and above were achieved by the students. This represents a phenomenal return on the efforts of both the students and staff throughout the duration of the courses.

The school’s analysis indicates that, yet again, APS have again significantly exceeded national expectations for attainment and progress. Attainment 8 will exceed 57 and Progress 8 will be above 0.5, both indicators are outstanding. This shows that our young people do better by attending APS than if they went elsewhere. Many pupils gained outstanding results. More than a third of our students gained at least 5 GCSEs at these top grades and or particular note are the twelve students who achieved 5 or more grade 9s. Progress has been a key focus this year and has been exemplified by the terrific performance of so many of our students. Students such as Alex shown below who far exceeded his expectations. His story is not atypical at the school. Alex said, upon opening his results, “It was a bit of a shock and surprise but a really nice feeling after all the hard work and persistence to achieve the grades I did.”

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Headteacher, Michael McKenzie, said "APS is a high performing school.​ We are very proud of the achievements of the students this year. We are delighted with the results that the students have achieved. Like all schools, students and staff have had to step up to the challenge of the more rigorous and demanding qualifications that have been set by the exam boards. We are particularly proud of how well the school meets the needs of all its students from the most-able students to those with significant need. We demonstrate clearly the success of comprehensive education. 

“This is based on the simple but effective formula of high quality courses, taught well by expert staff, to hard-working students supported effectively by their families and our community."


“It is clear from these results that students can thrive in the learning environment that staff cultivate at Alexandra Park School. We are matching students to the correct courses whilst retaining a broad and balanced curriculum that opens doors for the next stage in their lives. We are looking forward to continuing those relationships with the students who join us into our successful Sixth Form. For all the students, however, I would like to congratulate them on their success and wish them the very best for their futures.”

Highlights from 2018's GCSE results include:

  • 80% of students achieving 5 or more good passes, including English and Maths
  • 90% of students achieved a good pass in English, with 33% achieving grades 9-7. The coveted grade 9, equivalent to a high A*, was awarded 21 times to students in English
  • 84% of students achieved a good pass in Maths, with 36% achieving grads 9-7. An amazing 22 students achieved grade 9 in maths
  • 80% of all science exams were good passes and 38% were awarded grades 9-7. A total of 55 grade 9s were awarded across the sciences
  • A third of our students achieved 5 or more A*-A or 9-7 grades
  • Particular congratulations go to the dozen students who achieved 5 or more grade 9s
GCSE 2018
SubjectNo. of 9 %9-7%9-5%9-4
English Language 12  28 72  83
English Literature  9  33 79 90 
Maths 22  36 66 84

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GCSE Results 2018 - New Specification
SUBJECT Entries % 7 or Above 5 or Above 4 or above
Art 50 54 94 98
Biology 64 64 98 100
Chemistry 64 66 95 100
Computer Science 35 40 63 89
Drama 17 47 76 88
English Lang 209 27 72 83
English Lit 202 33 79 90
French 37 24 70 84
Geography 89 35 73 81
History 122 36 69 76
Maths 208 36 66 84
Music 35 69 94 100
PE 38 26 74 84
Physics 64 70 100 100
Religious Studies 67 37 73 88
Spanish 39 49 72 85

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GCSE Results 2018 - Old Specification
SUBJECT Entries % A*-A %A*-B %A*-C
Arabic 1 100 100 100
Astronomy 40 27 75 95
Business Studies 78 31 64 82
Classics 14 43 71 93
French 1 0 100 100
Further Mathematics 57 79 91 100
German 1 100 100 100
ICT 57 12 39 75
Italian 1 100 100 100
Japanese 1 100 100 100
Mandarin 28 68 75 89
Media Studies 37 30 49 84
Polish 2 50 100 100
Portuguese 3 100 100 100
Product Design 50 28 58 80
Russian 2 100 100 100
Spanish 5 80 80 100
Textiles 13 15 38 46
Turkish 11 91 91 91

Overall Performance 2018 (Estimates)
Progress 80.51
Attainment57.3
Progress 8 ranking by score (DfE 2016)
Well above average (~5% of schools)
Above 0.5
Above average (~25% of schools)
0.49
to
0.23
Average (~40% of schools)
0.22
to
-0.12
Below average (~20% of schools)
-0.13
to
-0.49
Well below average (~10% of schools)
Below -0.5
  • Progress 8 is a value-added measure which compares each student's progress to the national average of students with the same level of prior attainment (based on KS2 results) each year.
  • Attainment 8 is similar to an average total points score of a student's best eight grades with certain subjects prioritised (including the double-weighting of English and Maths)

Historical Performance

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% Students achieving 5 ore more good passes
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
5A*-C Inc Eng & Maths 45% 46% 48% 60% 61% 67% 69% 70% 72% 72% 78% 79% 80% 80%

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