Excellent Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Results at The Cooper School

In October, the Department for Education (DfE) published provisional data for this summer’s (2017’s) GCSE results. These results cast the performance of students at The Cooper School in a very bright light indeed. The key measures are as follows:




Progress 8
+0.17 0.00
Attainment 8
49.7 46
Grade 5 or above in both English and Maths
56% 42.2%
Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths
75% 63.3%
Five or more GCSEs at Grades A*-C or 9-4 (including both English and Maths)
70% 60.6%

As can be seen, students at The Cooper School outperformed students nationally in all of the key measures, which is a fair reflection on the hard work of students and staff alike and we are exceptionally proud of how well all of our students have accomplished.

Note on the performance measures Since 2016, the main performance measure that schools are held to account on is Progress 8; showing the average progress of students in our school in eight subjects, including English and Maths, based on their primary starting-points, compared to similar students nationally. A Progress 8 score of ‘0’ is average. This has replaced the old measure of the percentage of students achieving a C+ in five subjects, including English and maths. This year, the English and maths GCSEs were changed. Part of this change was a change to the grading system from A*-G, to 9-1. A new grade 4 is roughly the same as an old grade C. As well as Progress 8, the DfE also publish the percentage of students who achieved a ‘strong pass’ in both English and maths. This year, with the new GCSEs, the definition of a ‘strong pass’ changed from an old C+, to a new 5+ (not a 4+). Far fewer students nationally achieve a 5+ in English and maths, than achieve a 4+. This change, along with the reformed new GCSEs which have more challenging content and assessment, means it’s difficult to compare performance between this year and last year. These results remain provisional, and are likely to change slightly for both our school and nationally. The validated results will be published in January