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Free schools continue to top the tables at GCSE

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Provisional GCSE results released today show that free schools are once again the highest performing school type at Progress 8, with an average score of 0.24.

This is the second year running that free schools have topped the tables, having been the strongest performer last year with an average score of 0.15.

School Type

Number of schools

Number of pupils at end of Key Stage 4

Number of pupils included in Progress 8

Average Progress 8 Score

Free schools

77

6,037

5,439

0.24

Convertor academies

1,431

258,141

246,128

0.12

Local Authority maintained schools

930

151,241

142,772

-0.03

Sponsored academies

642

92,074

85,754

-0.19

Studio schools

28

1,061

967

-0.65

University technical colleges

44

2,955

2,768

-0.80

Four free schools were ranked in the top 10 nationally: Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford, Eden Girls’ School Coventry, William Perkin Church of England High School in Ealing and Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School in Blackburn.

School Name

School Type

Progress 8 Score

Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School

Academy Converter

1.91

Wembley High Technology College

Academy Converter

1.89

Dixons Trinity Academy

Free School

1.57

The Steiner Academy Hereford

Sponsored Academy

1.42

Bolton Muslim Girls School

Academy Converter

1.4

Eden Girls' School Coventry

Free School

1.36

Menorah High School for Girls

LA Maintained School

1.36

William Perkin Church of England High School

Free School

1.35

St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls

LA Maintained School

1.32

Tauheedul Islam Boys' High School

Free School

1.32

Today’s Key Stage 5 results also highlight the success of the free schools policy. The percentage of students gaining AAB at A-Level was 23.6%, compared to 19.2% across the state-funded sector.

School Type

Number of schools

Number of pupils

Proportion of students gaining AAB at A-Level

Free schools

49

1,198

23.6%

Convertor academies

1,091

53,989

20.1%

Local Authority maintained schools

542

17,947

16.8%

Sponsored academies

408

6,584

10.0%

University technical colleges

48

201

8.0%

Studio schools

32

54

3.7%

 Mark Lehain, Interim Director, New Schools Network, said:

“Today’s results are a fantastic show of success for free schools. To be the top performing school type at GCSE for two years running is an excellent achievement and really demonstrates the strength of the programme.

“With fantastic results across the primary, secondary and sixth form sectors, it’s clear to see that free schools are working. We need more of these schools set up across the country in order to keep driving school improvement.”