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Ofsted – ‘Good’ Provider, October 2019

Here at SET Ixworth school we are not complacent and we are always trying to improve for students, parents and staff alike. As such, we are very pleased that Ofsted also agreed with our school improvement priorities; awarding the school a rating of “Good” in the last review in 2019.

We are very proud of our fine school and it goes without saying that we will continue to strive to provide the best education we possibly can, and we will of course be doing everything possible to ensure we are judged ‘Outstanding’ at the next opportunity.

Click the links below to read more about our latest Ofsted inspection:


Year 11 Performance Data

During October half term the government published performance data from the summer 2022 exams for all secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges. This is the first time that data has been published since the start of the pandemic. The Department for Education has been clear that, given the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on different students, schools and colleges, this data should be treated with caution. We are writing to explain the data which has been produced, the changes in how it has been presented, and to provide some context about how the exams this summer were affected.

What data has been published?

The data published includes the following:

  • Our school’s Progress 8 figure (the relative progress of our students in eight subjects, compared to students with similar levels of attainment at the end of primary school).
  • Our school’s Attainment 8 figure (the raw score achieved by our students in the same eight subjects).
  • The percentage of our students who entered the Ebacc (a government measure which means students took all of English, maths, sciences, a language, and history or geography GCSE).
  • Our school’s Ebacc average point score (our students’ average score in the same Ebacc subjects).
  • The overall figure for how many of our students entered GCSEs.
  • How many of our students stay in education or employment after Year 11.
  • The percentage of our students achieving a grade 5 or higher in both English and maths GCSEs. 

What’s different this year?

The government has made a number of changes to the website where they display school and college results (www.find-school-performance-data.service.gov.uk). These include:

  • Changing the name of the website from ‘Compare school and college performance’ to ‘Find and check the performance of schools and colleges in England’.
  • Removing the table of all schools’ national performance.
  • Removing the ability for users to create their own tables of selected schools and colleges.
  • Removing the red / amber / green ratings on school performance measures.

All of this is designed to discourage users from making direct comparisons between schools and colleges this year or comparing this year’s data to previous years.

Why can’t data be compared this year?

The government, and the schools’ inspectorate Ofsted, acknowledge that the impact of the pandemic was not the same across all schools and colleges. Even within a local area or town, the impact of the pandemic was very different. Therefore, they are clear that data can only tell us so much and should be used as the basis for a conversation rather than being used to directly compare one school or college with another. In 2020 and 2021, exams were cancelled due to the pandemic, and grades were based on teacher assessments (with exam boards ensuring consistency). This different form of assessment led to grades, overall, being higher in 2020 and 2021 than they were in pre-pandemic years, when students sat exams.

Last summer saw the first return of exams since 2019, albeit with significant adaptations to recognise that students’ learning had been significantly affected by the pandemic. Nationally, it was determined that grades would, overall, fall roughly halfway between 2019 and 2021. This would enable grades to gradually move back to pre-pandemic levels, while still being as fair as possible to students taking exams in 2022.

The national data that we are compared to reflects this and is higher than in pre-pandemic years.

What is the context of our results?

As we have communicated throughout the past three years, the pandemic context of our school has changed over time. When considering our results, it is worth keeping the following information in mind:

  • Our average progress 8 score for the three years prior to the pandemic is +0.36.
  • The 2022 progress score also includes our students in Forge.
  • Every student secured their choice of post-16 provision.

How will our results be used?

The publication of results does not directly impact students at all. Students already received their own GCSE and Level 2 results in August. These results will be used by the government and by Ofsted if we have an inspection, with the context in which they were achieved taken into account. As explained above, the ability to rank schools is no longer available, as the government is clear that schools cannot be compared this year.

One of the measures included in the government website mentioned above is our Progress 8 figure, which is a relative measure based on students’ progress from primary school in eight subjects. A score of 0 means the school adds an average amount of progress to students. A score between 0 and 1 means the school adds an above average amount of progress to students. A score between 0 and -1 means the school adds a below average amount of progress to students. You will also be able to look at the local authority average for all the key measures, but not be able to directly compare schools.

I hope this explanation is helpful in enabling you to understand this year’s performance data for our school.

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