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Free schools remain the top performing type of school at Key Stages 4 and 5

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Provisional GCSE and A level results data released today by the Department for Education show free schools are the highest performing type of school.

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 0.21.

This is the third year running that free schools have topped the tables.

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

104

9,068

8,178

0.21

Convertor academies

1,480

272,013

259,504

0.11

Local Authority maintained schools

838

140,187

132,381

-0.03

Sponsored academies

694

103,965

96,891

-0.18

Studio schools

26

1,225

1,117

-0.71

University technical colleges

48

3,776

3,550

-0.79

Four free schools were ranked in the top 10 nationally: Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham; Eden Girls’ School, Coventry; Michaela Community School in London; and William Perkin Church of England High School in London.

School nameSchool typeProgress 8 score

Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School

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2.17

Eden Boys' School, Birmingham

Free school

1.70

Eden Girls' School Coventry

Free school

1.61

Wembley High Technology College

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1.57

Michaela Community School

Free school

1.54

Heartlands Academy

Academy

1.46

Bishop Douglass School Finchley

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1.39

William Perkin Church of England High School

Free school

1.32

Kendrick School

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1.28

Preston Muslim Girls High School

Voluntary Aided

1.23

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 23.3%, compared to 18.7% across the state-funded sector. The percentage of students gaining 3 A*-A grades or better at A-Level was 15.1%, compared to 11.1% across the state-funded sector and the average point score (APS) per entry was 34.7, compared to 32.9 across the state-funded sector.

School Type

Number of schools

Number of pupils

Proportion of students gaining AAB at A-Level

Free schools

56

4,528

23.3

Convertor academies

1,107

127,246

20.1

Local Authority maintained schools

482

37,893

17.1

Sponsored academies

413

20,172

10.1

University technical colleges

53

1,297

6.4

Studio schools

29

354

4.4

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said: 

"It is fantastic to see free schools continue to perform highly at Key Stages 4 and 5. These fantastic results show free schools are spreading educational excellence and unlocking young people’s potential, bringing new ideas and driving improvement in our education system. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students, teachers and governors who work so hard to make free schools such a success.

"Free schools have the power to transform the lives of the children who attend them. That’s why we need many more in areas which have been left behind, to spread educational opportunity where it is needed most.”