Exam Results

A Level Results Day 2017 – Thursday 17th August

GCSE Results Day 2017 – Thursday 24th August

If every child reaches their GCSE target grade (as determined by their performance at KS2) in all 8 subjects, then the school scores zero for that student. If a student achieves a higher grade than they were predicted then the student's score is positive. If a student achieves a lower grade than they were predicted, then the student's score is negative. The overall Progress 8 score for a school, is an average of all those scores.
Our score last summer was -0.11 which meant that students on average achieved just below the GCSE grade than they were projected to, across all 8 subjects. The validated score for 2016 is +0.07 which shows that our students made more progress than they were projected to, across all 8 subjects and are above national average. A Progress 8 score of above 0 means a school is making above average progress.

The Pupil Premium cohort (anyone who claimed a free meal in the last 6 years) achieved on average -0.37. This is a key priority for the school this year to ensure that Pupil Premium students achieve at least in line with their projections. Please see our Pupil Premium Plan, which can be found on our website, about how we intend to address this key priority.

There were some fantastic individual achievements from our Pupil Premium students, three of whom achieved a Progress 8 score of above +1 meaning they achieved over a grade more than national expectations from their starting points and a further four achieved at least half a grade higher.

Summer Exam Results 2016

We are extremely pleased with our GCSE results this year, with some outstanding  progress demonstrated across the ability range. It was particularly pleasing to see some exceptional performances in the top grades, with some students leaving with strings of A* and A grades.

At GCSE, this is the first year of the Government’s new measures of school performance which focus on the progress students make using a measure known as ‘Progress 8’. Our Progress 8 data places us above the national average and amongst the top schools in Derbyshire, 6th out of the 45 secondary schools in Derbyshire.

The following report outlines how well we have performed against the various criteria against which we are matched nationally.

Nationally, schools are judged using a number of criteria:

Progress 8
Attainment 8
A*-C in English and maths

Progress 8

This measure shows the average progress made across 8 GCSE subjects. The 8 subjects counted include maths, English, EBacc subjects (sciences, languages, humanities, computer science) and Open subjects (art, music, technology etc.).



Attainment 8

The Attainment 8 score is a reflection of the average Attainment 8 score across all pupils. Each GCSE grade has a point value which, when combined and averaged for each student, gives the Attainment 8 score. So a student who achieves 8 grade C grades has an Attainment 8 score of 40 (see table below). This is compared to the Estimated Attainment 8 grade (provided by the DfE) to calculate the difference which is Progress 8.

The Attainment 8 score last summer was 46.38 which was below the national (49.8). This summer saw an increase for all students to 47.97 and SEND students. Pupil Premium students attainment 8 score has decreased from last year.


Basics (A*-C in English and maths)

This figure replaces the former 5 A*-C (En/ma) headline measure. The percentage of students achieving Basics A*-C in English and maths is 53%.


English Baccalaureate (EBacc)


The EBacc is awarded to students who achieve an A*-C English / maths / science / geography or history and a language.

The percentages of students achieving this accolade has increased from last year for all students as well as Pupil Premium students.

Other most notable successes and improvements include:

  • An impressive 23%, nearly a quarter of all year 11 students, achieved 3A*/A grades which is a 13% improvement on last year.
  • There were a number of subjects in which our students achieved top grades such as; 67% of students gaining A*/A grades in music, 41% A*/A grades in Physics, 39% A*/A grades in History and 33% A*/A grades in biology
  • Biology, Physics and Music achieved 100% A*-C pass rate
  • 78%  of all Yr 11 students achieved A*-C grades in English
  • There were many subjects in which a high percentage of students achieved A*-C grades such as, 90% in Art, 94% in Chemistry, 90% in ICT, 73% in drama, 88% in Media and 82% in German
  • SEND students achieved almost half a grade higher than national expectations, a huge achievement for the students and the staff who support them in their learning

There were some amazing individual student performances with a number of students worthy of mention for the highest number of top GCSE grades achieved. Mia Rothwell  4A*, 5A, 1B; Rose Bartels 4A*, 3A, 2B, 1C; Isobel Harwood 4A*, 1A, 3B, 2C; Carys Nunn 4A*, 4A, 1B, 1C; Kier Chetham, 3A*, 5A, 1B;  Austin Theis-Pickford 3A*, 3A, 1B, 1C & William Lancaster 2A*, 6A, 1B, 1C.

We would like to congratulate our students, their families and our staff on these excellent results which reflect an enormous amount of dedication and hard-work by all involved. Education is our core purpose and we are privileged to be able to contribute positively to the life chances of so many students.

Exam Performance Summary KS4
Exam Performance Summary KS5


The vast majority of students from New Mills School continue into sustained further education, employment or training. Historical figures published by OfSTED are below, and detailed information on the destinations of our 2016 cohort can be found here.