‘Outstanding’ set of GCSE results at Brine Leas School


The percentage of Brine Leas students gaining a pass (which equates to level 4 or above in 5 or more subjects including English and maths) this year is 80%.

Across the board, 50 students (almost a quarter of the year group) averaged a level 7 or better in all their Attainment 8 subjects.

In terms of targets, the school has met or exceeded virtually all of its internal measures.

Overall the Attainment 8 figure is (provisionally) an excellent 55 points, up considerably from last year, with 31% achieving the English Baccalaureate


Key figures:

  • Attainment 8: 55 pts
  • 20% of cohort gained Grade 7 or above in English and Maths
  • 45% of the cohort gained Grade 7 or above in English
  • 57% of the cohort gained Grade 5 or above in English and Maths
  • 78% of the cohort gained Grade 5 or above in English
  • 80% of the cohort gained Grade 4 or above in English and Maths
  • There were 136 Grade 9’s – a lot higher than would be expected
  • 30% of all GCSE grades are Grade 7 or above (including A*/A grade for Legacy subjects)
  • 3 students gained straight grade 9’s (90 Attainment 8 points)
  • 50 students (24%) gained 70 or more Attainment 8 points (equivalent to straight A grades and better in old money!)


Headteacher Andrew Cliffe commented: “We thought we had been successful twelve months ago; this year, in every measure, we have improved on, and beaten, our challenging targets.”

Andrew added: “This set of results are excellent. Students can only try to meet their challenge targets, supported by great teaching and encouraging families.

“All students are different and their very best could be a set of grades at 9s and 8s or it may be results featuring level 4s and 3s.

“Most students achieved a positive value added which shows their hard work and commitment.

“I am delighted with the success of our students and for nearly all of them it will allow them to move smoothly to the next stage of their lives.”

Many students will now enrol onto courses at BL6, and there are still a few places left if anyone wishes to apply.

The move to the new levels (9 to 1, from A* to G) means that this year’s results cannot be directly compared to those of previous years.

The majority of subjects have been graded using the new measures of 9 to 1.

The new level 5 grade straddles part of a C to a B grade, whilst the new grade 9 will only be awarded to 3% of the country.

A grade 4 is defined as being a pass grade.

To determine if the school has done well, it can compare to internal targets that were set while waiting for the publication of Progress 8 data in the autumn term which will compare student performance at BLS with schools across the country.


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