Exam Results 2019

Please see below a breakdown of exam results and achievements across both KS4 and KS5 (To be verified):


End Of Key Stage 4

We are so pleased that our year 11 students have once again performed really well in their GCSE's. Nearly 100 grade 9's were achieved across the year group with nearly a third of the grades being attained at grade 7 or above (old grade A equivalent).

In the key areas of English and Maths, 71% of our students achieved a grade 5 or above in both subjects. This was equally impressive with  82% of them attaining a pass of at least grade 4 or above in both.   

Attainment score of 5.7 shows consistently high attainment by our students across the full range of subjects.                     

Progress score of +0.32 students gain around a third of a grade higher than expected per entry.


End Of Key Stage 5

Our A level students have performed well in both the academic and vocational subjects this year allowing all of them to proceed to their next phase of their education or employment. We once again attained around a third of grades at A* - A and well over 50% at A* - B.

Successful students included those going onto Oxbridge and taking up places at medical school.

Year

2019

A*- A %

31.7

A*- B %

56.5

A*- E %

99.7

Ave pts score per entry

36.25

Students with 2+ A*-A

30%

AAB+ of which 2 or more in facilitating subjects

14.2%

For More Information please see:

https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables

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.

Primary Student Outcomes 2019


End Of Early Years


End Of Key Stage 1

As a growing school, Key Stage Two (KS2) outcomes will first be available at Simon Balle in 2022. 

Please find the link to the performance tables for Simon Balle here:  https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/140294/simon-balle-all-through-school/primary

Exam Results 2018

We have been given the validated results and performance tables for Summer 2018 results and have recreated those results below.


End Of Key Stage 4

Progress 8 score: +0.22

Attainment 8: Average attainment 8 score per pupil 52.5

The Basics: 52% of students gained level 5 and above in English and maths

Ebacc (entered): 40%

Ebacc (achieved): 25% achieved a level 5 and above

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: Ebacc measures the proportion of students achieving grade 5 or better in English, Maths, 2 sciences, a humanity (Geography or History) and a foreign language.

Some highlights include: 

Around half of the students gained at least 1 grade A or equivalent (level 7-9)

Approximately ¼ of the students gained 6 or more A grades or above (levels 7-9)

Our Progress 8 score (the National Headline figure to measure how much progress students make in their five years at school) has been exceptional where we have been in the top 3 % of the country last two years – students of all abilities make exceptional progress at Simon Balle!

Pupil Destinations (2016 students) -  99% were in education or employment for 2 terms following their KS4 studies at Simon Balle

More than 120 students have now moved into our sixth form to study Level 3 courses. Others have been able to take up appropriate vocational courses at college.

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

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

Average point score per academic entry 37.08

Academic value added score +0.16

Some highlights include: 

Our success rate at A*-A was 35% (more than 1 out of every 3 entries). This has risen steadily from 26% over the past three years.

The National benchmark is the percentage of students who have attained A*-B grades in their subjects. At 62% we rank highly in the county.

Once again more than 17% (about 1 in 6) of students gaining at least AAB grades of which two or more grades are in facilitating subjects (this is seen as a benchmark for the higher ability students). National averages are around 7%.

For More Information please see:

https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables


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).

Year

School

County

National

2015-2016

73%

70%

69%

2016-2017

83%

72%

71%

2017-2018

77%

73%

72%

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

Year 1 School

Year 1 County

Year 1 National

2015-2016

n/a

n/a

n/a

2016-2017

93%

83%

81%

2017-2018

97%

84%

83%

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:

Year

2017-2018

School

County

National

Reading

80%

78%

75%

Writing

73%

73%

70%

Maths

85%

78%

76%

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.

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.)