Exam Results


We are very proud of the academic achievements of our students. Students at Soar Valley consistently achieve some of the highest results in the city and progress measures are consistently strong.

Historical information and comparisons with 2016 


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National average 2015

% 5+ A*-C inc English & maths






% 1+ A*-G






% making expected progress in English Language




85* (80)


% making more than expected progress in English Language




58* (50)


% making expected progress in maths






% making more than expected progress in maths






*See notes below

Performance information – changes for 2016

The way that schools’ performance measures are now judged is very different to the way in which they have been judged previously and these new measures are not directly comparable with previous years.

Basics – A*-C in English and mathematics

The key figure for schools to report is the percentage of students who have achieved both English and maths GCSEs at a grade C or above, known as the ‘basics’ or ‘threshold’ measure. The difference this year is that, rather than just English language results counting in this measure, now the best result for each student in either English language or English literature counts.

For the year 11 cohort 2015/2016 our basics (threshold) figure was 71%.

This figure represents excellent progress for the cohort and is likely to put us in, at least, the top 20% of schools in the country in terms of schools which surpass expectations.

Progress Measures

A figure called Progress 8 will also be reported on in time. This figure is a calculation based on the achievement across 8 subjects for each student based on whether they met, exceeded or were below their expected performance in each subject. A figure is then calculated for the whole school. -0.5 is considered to be the ‘floor standard’, or the minimum expected standard set by the government. This figure is 0.29 for Soar Valley, meaning our students made more progress than their peers nationally on average, and indicating very strong performance.

Although not part of the new accountability measures, the proportions of students making expected progress and better than expected progress in English and maths are also shown in the table above. For English the figure given is derived from the best result of either English Language or Literature, in line with new measures. However, for comparison purposes, we have also calculated these figures based on English Language only, as in previous years, and these are shown in brackets.

The English Baccalaureate

The EBacc is a measure that continues to be reported on. This year 29% of students gained the EBacc, meaning they gained grade C or above in English, maths, science, and two from Geography, History and French or German. Given that our policy is to not enforce any particular option choices on students, this is a pleasing figure and a reflection of the breadth of our curriculum. At Soar Valley, students who are capable of doing the EBacc are advised that this is a pathway that they should consider but they are not made to do so if their interests and abilities lie in other subjects. Nationally 24% of students gained the EBacc.

Attainment 8

This is the average grade that students obtained in their GCSEs at a school. This was 51.3 or just above grade C for 2016, compared to a national figure of 49.5. Given that our students have very varied starting points when they enter the school in year 7, this is a very impressive outcome and represents outstanding progress.

Destination measures

A measure of a school’s success is how well-prepared students are for the next stage in their life. In 2015 97.3% of our students were in full-time education, employment or training by December of the year they left school. Our in-school data indicates that 99% of our students in 2016 were moving into full time education and the remainder into training.

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