General

These Tables provide the exam results for secondary school pupils who are at the end of KS4. In the majority of schools, pupils in Year 11 in the 2010/2011 school year are at the end of KS4, but some may complete this key stage in an earlier or later year group. For each local authority (LA), schools are listed alphabetically, with special schools shown separately at the end of each list. However, website users can sort and filter lists in a number of ways e.g. by type of school, and can set their own search criteria when comparing schools. You can also access additional data and download underlying data in spreadsheet format.

If your child already attends a school listed in the Tables, you may be interested to see how its results compare with other schools in the area, and with the LA and national averages (LA averages exclude independent schools; but we publish two national averages – one with, and one without independent schools).

You may want to discuss the results with teachers at your child’s school – how do they feel the school is performing, and what plans do they have to improve levels of achievement? How can you support the work of the school? What more can you do to help your own child do better?

The Performance Tables website also enables you to look at school by school spend, workforce and absence data for 2010/11.

Choosing a school

If you are considering local secondary schools for your child, you will find helpful information in the Tables about the performance of schools in your area. However, the attainment and progress data in these Tables only provides part of the picture of each school’s and its pupils’ achievements. Schools change from year to year and their future results may differ from those achieved by current pupils. The statistics in the Tables should be considered alongside other important sources of information such as Ofsted reports and information from schools themselves. Ofsted school inspection reports can be obtained via this website.

The Key Stage 4 Performance Tables give more than one measure of a school’s performance. These measures should be considered alongside each other when evaluating the performance of a school.

Publication of small numbers

It was previously our policy to suppress publication of figures relating to a cohort of 10 pupils or fewer. This was intended to reduce the risk of individual pupils being identified from published data. Following a review of this policy and consideration of risks, we have lowered this limit to 5 or fewer pupils. This does not change our existing policy on consideration of schools' performance against floor standards expected levels of school performance which is not applied to cohorts of 10 or fewer pupils.

How the Tables were compiled

The results we publish include all those achieved by each pupil by the end of KS4 i.e. they include any results achieved in earlier years.

Results for pupils at the end of KS4 came from the Awarding Organisations concerned, and were also checked and, where appropriate, amended by schools in early October. If a school has not checked or confirmed its examination results, that will be highlighted in the Tables. Some reviews requested by schools of grades awarded to pupils were not completed in time to affect the information included in these Tables on publication. It is therefore possible that, for some schools, the published information would have been different had the results of the reviews been available earlier. If you have an interest in a particular school’s results, you should check with the school.

Schools that have closed during or after the end of the 2010/11 school year are included in the Tables and are identified in their entry by having (closed) after the school name.