Exam Results

Results Days 2018

Please use this link to see the timing details for the results days 2018.  Full details will also be on the website during the summer holidays. Results Days 2018 info


Exam Results 2017

We have been given the validated results and performance tables for Summer 2017 results and have recreated those results below.


Please see also the school performance tables at www.education.gov.uk

By clicking here you will be able to compare progress scores in Hertfordshire.

End of Key Stage 4


Progress 8 score: +0.65

Attainment 8: Average attainment 8 score per pupil 57.15

The Basics:  76.8% of students gained level 4 and above in English and maths

60% of students gained level 5 and above in English and maths

Ebacc (entered): 44.2%

Ebacc (achieved): 34% achieved a strong pass

Notes on the performance measures

Note 1: Progress 8 measures the progress students have made from key stage 2 to key stage 4.  A Progress 8 score of 0 would mean they have made exactly the level of progress, in line with the national average.  A minus score means they have made less progress than expected and a positive score more than expected.  A progress 8 score of 1 would mean that students make an extra grade of progress than expected across their subjects.

Note 2: Attainment 8 measures the average grades that students achieve, irrespective of their starting points.

Note 3: The Basics measures the proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or better in both English and Maths.

Note 4: Ebacc measures the proportion of students achieving C/4 grades or better in English, Maths, 2 sciences, a humanity (Geography or History) and a foreign language.

Some highlights include: 


  • 32% grade 7 (previous A grade) and above
  • 9 students achieving grade 9 (national average is 3.2 – SBAS is 5.8%)


  • 30% grade 7 (previous A grade) and above
  • 8 students achieving grade 9 (national average is 3% – SBAS is 5%)

Over a third of students achieved the Ebacc.

The students worked extremely hard to achieve these results and many are continuing their studies in our 6th form.  Thank you to all the staff and parents for supporting the students through this challenging time.

Understanding GCSE Results


To help you understand the new performance measures please watch this short YouTube video which explains Progress 8:  (If the clip does not play you can also access it via this link.)



End of Key Stage 5


A level:  Level 3 value added score +0.06

Academic: Average point score per academic entry expressed as an A level grade B-

Average point score per academic entry 36.35

Academic value added score +0.10

Applied General:  Average point score per applied general entry expressed as a vocational grade Dist-

Average point score per applied general entry 32.67

Applied general value added score -0.20

Tech level:  Average point score per tech level entry expressed as a vocational grade N/A

Average point score per tech level entry 0.00


Average progress

Average progress made in English +0.58

Average progress made in maths -0.25



A level cohort retained and assessed:  95.7%

Academic cohort retained and assessed: 95.7%

Applied General cohort retained and assessed: 94.4%

Tech level retained and assessed: n/a

Tech certificate retained and assessed: n/a

Level 2 vocational core aims retained and assessed n/a



Destinations are shown for the 2015 cohort of learners (most recent data available) learners who finished their study programme, having entered at least one level 3 qualification.

Of the 112 learners 87% entered an education or employment /training destination of which 70% went to an educational establishment.



Sixth Form Choices

In the Sixth form students choose appropriate courses with comprehensive guidance from tutors and the Sixth Form Learning Centre team.  A levels and other level 3 courses achieved extremely good results.

58% of grades achieved were A*-B

Over a quarter of grades achieved were A*-A

1 in 5 students gained AAB or above with two facilitating subjects, these are subjects recommended by the Russell Group universities.

We are so proud of our students in all categories. With more than a quarter of students gaining at least 2 A Levels at A*-A we have some outstanding academic results allowing them to access the most prestigious Universities. We also have students who worked just as hard to progress to either University or an apprenticeship passing A levels at lower grades but having made just as much progress from their GCSE starting point. At Simon Balle everyone matters and to quote one student “what makes Simon Balle so special is that I am treated as a person, not just a grade”.




If you wish to see the full exam result breakdown by subject please click on the link below:

GCSE and Post 16 Exam Results 2017 by subject


Primary Results

We are also delighted with the results for EYFS and Y1 Phonics Screening.

We are so proud of our youngest students and all that they have achieved. The results show the thirst they have for their learning and the desire they have to achieve. We gave them their wings and they taught themselves to fly…