Academic Achievemnet

I/GCSE Grades

Our students’ I/GCSE results this year have maintained the very high standards that previous students have set.

Our students have accumulated 98 A* and A grades (69 per cent). In 2015-16 our cohort of GCSE students was smaller than usual, hence the number of high grades has fallen, but as a percentage they remain on a par with previous years.

 

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
  Number
%
Cumulative Number
%
Cumulative Number
%
Cumulative
A* 51 27% 27% 77 41% 41% 49 34% 34%
A 70 38% 65% 59 31% 72% 49 35% 69%
B 42 23% 88% 36 19% 91% 35 24% 93%
C 17 9% 97% 15 8% 98% 9 6% 99%
D 6 3% 100% 1 1% 99% 1 1% 100%
E 0 0%   2 1% 100% 0    
                   
Total 186 100%   190 100%   143 100%  

All of our students have garnered the five passes at GCSE (C and above, including Mathematics and English Language) that the UK Government uses as a benchmark of quality.

Three of our fourteen entrants gained entirely A*/A grades in their I/GCSE examinations. Many congratulations to Asad Burney and Mohammed Ali Chaudhry for their considerable achievements and a special mention to Khizr Maqsood who achieved only A*s in his eleven subjects.

Value Added

Although these I/GCSE results are clearly very good, we use more complex measures to determine just how good they are and the role that the school has played.

One of the measures we use is “value-added”. This is a measure of the degree to which a student has exceeded their potential or expectations. To an extent it measures the contribution that the school and its teachers have made over the course of the students’ secondary school development. We are able to do this using the CEM assessments that are provided and assessed by Durham University in the UK.

The process begins in Year 7, when the students are assessed in October. In the case of 2015-16 cohort, that was about a month after joining the secondary school from primary. Based on these assessments, Durham University is able to predict the path of the academic development that the students should follow over the next five years. The university predicts the GCSE grades that students should typically expect to gain at the end of Year 11. The "should" comes from the typical GCSE grades of all of the students with those scores in their Year 7 assessments.

Value-added is the extent to which our GCSE students are able to exceed these expectations.

The average value-added for 2013-14 was 0.92 of a GCSE grade. In 2014-15 the value added was a little over 1 GCSE grade – 1.04. In 2015-16 the average value-added was 0.95.