Top 10 Schools in the country for value added at GCSE
Over half of A Level entries achieve A* to B grades
Students at Paddington Academy celebrate after making outstanding progress at both GCSE and A level.
After achieving the best A Level results ever for the 5th consecutive year, there was further cause for celebration at the 100% success rate at both A2 and BTEC National and students achieved the grades they needed to study at the universities of their choice.
An impressive fifth (20%) of A Level entries achieved the top A* and A grades for the third consecutive year. 51% of all A Level entries were awarded A* to B, rising from 50% last summer, whilst 83% of all BTEC entries were Distinction or Distinction*, which represents the Academy’s highest performance ever in these qualifications which include subjects ranging from Applied Science to Business.
Paddington students celebrated at GCSE level too. Students performed particularly well in the core subjects. 79% of students gained an A*-C in both English and Maths, with 92% gaining A*-C in English (almost half of these were A/A*) and 79% in Maths (over a third of these were A/A*). 74% of students gained 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths. A third of grades in all GCSE subjects were A or A* and 20% of students gained at least 5 A/A* grades.
Many students join Paddington Academy with below average starting points, but leave with grades significantly above average, this year students achieved 54.8 (B-) in the Attainment 8 score. Students scored significantly above the national average across all of their GCSE subjects and gained a fantastic +0.75 for Progress 8 placing Paddington Academy in the top 1% of schools in the country for student progress.
Also, we are delighted to announce that 22% achieved the English Baccalaureate in line with national average figures.
We strive that progress is made continuously and in every area at Paddington Academy. The Sixth Form has grown significantly over the last three years and 2016 had the largest ever Year 13 cohort of 143, and has seen a steady increase in the number of A Level entries, whilst at the same time maintaining high grade standards in terms of outcomes for students. In 2016 we gained our best ever A-level results with 51% of grades being A*-B and 99.6% of grades passing at A*-E, our average attainment points score for A-levels being 31.77 (C+) which was above the national average. We also gained our best ever vocational results achieving an average grade of Distinction*- in our Applied General qualifications, this was again above the national average. There is a high degree of personalisation in our Sixth Form, with students studying a rich mixture of vocational and academic courses which lead them to success at either university or apprenticeships. In 2016 90% of students applied and gained places at University, 22% of students accepting offers to Russell Group universities, these included Exeter, Bath, Loughborough, Bristol, Kings College, UCL and LSE. Students who chose not to go to University are either taking a gap year or have continued further study on an Apprenticeship or Foundation courses. These results and student destinations place Paddington Academy at the top nationally for student achievement and destinations.