Results Day 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.

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

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.

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".

Primary Results

EYFS Results

Throughout the reception year, the teachers build a profile of the children through observations during child initiated learning. At the end of the reception year the teachers make a teacher assessment against the profile deciding if each child is emerging, expected or exceeding level to the Early Learning Goals (ELG).

If the children achieve the ELG in all the prime areas: communication and language, personal social and emotional development, physical development as well as the specific areas: literacy and maths, they achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD).


















Phonics Results

At the end of Year 1, the students will undertake a Phonics Screening Check. This check is administered by the class teacher and is designed to confirm whether your child has learnt phonics decoding to an age appropriate level. It will identify students who need additional help to improve their decoding skill. The check consists of 20 real word and 20 words that are pseudo- words (we call these alien words) that your child will read aloud to the teacher.

For those children who do not pass in Year one, they will retake in Year two.


Year 1 School

Year 1 County

Year 1 National














KS1 Results

At the end of Year 2 (end of KS1) teachers are expected to judge the standards your child is working at in English, maths and science, by the end of key stage 1. To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and maths, commonly called SATs. At Simon Balle, children also sit an English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2. They also allow teachers to see how your child is performing against national expected standards. The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities.


% of pupils attaining expected standard or better:


















Please see also the school performance tables at

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

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.)