Exam Results

Examination Summaries

2020 GCSE Exam Results

GCSE results were determined very differently to the normal process in 2020. After it was decided exams were unable to go ahead due to Covid-19, schools were asked to use their professional experience and knowledge of their students to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed each student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year, and to submit these centre-assessed grades (CAGs) to the relevant exam board.

Teachers and leaders worked together to discuss, review and agree the centre-assessed grade for each student in every subject. They took into account a wide range of available evidence, including class work, mock exams and other records of student performance. The intention was that the exam boards would then moderate the CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, the method they used to do this proved problematic, and was likely to lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded.

The Government therefore made the decision that GCSE students would be awarded whichever was higher for each subject – their CAG or their ‘moderated’ grade. They also took the decision that there would be no national school performance tables in 2020, or national calculations to compare schools.

The students ate New Mills were delighted with their results and all acknowledged the hard work they had put in over the five years they had been at secondary school to achieve GCSE success. Amelia Bates achieved the highest attainment in the school and received six grade 9's and three grade 8's. She was closely followed by Fin Chetham who achieved six grade 9's, two grade 8's and a grade 7.

At New Mills we focus on progress and student development, not simply attainment.  We want all our students to make as much progress as they can from their starting point in Year 7. To us, that’s the most important thing we do as a school. Harry Norton, thrilled to see six GCSE passes and a merit in BTEC Engineering is proof of this “My mum’s going to be so proud. You never know what will happen and it shows how important it is that you revise for your mocks and try your best at every hurdle”. Ben Mellor is also an example of what you can achieve when you put your mind to it “I’ll take that” he said looking at his six strong GCSE passes and two level 2 distinctions in his BTECs. Owen Caldwell who only joined New Mills School late in Year 10 said, “I can’t wait to tell my Dad. I’m proud. I was a bit nervous to be honest. When I first came here it looked like I was going to fail, but I passed everything”.

Charlotte Emmett made the most progress from her starting point than any other student in Year 11 achieving a grade 9, 8, two 7s, three 6s, a grade 5 and a level 2 distinction*. The second most progress was made by Jake Hanney who achieved three grade 9s, three 8s, three 7s and a 6. 

On seeing her well-deserved, excellent results, Bea Dean, Head Girl of the school said “I’m happy, shocked and thankful! I have been so scared waiting for these results and I’m going to phone my mum and tell her about my Maths which was my biggest worry but I got a ‘4’. Thank you all for believing in me” Bea’s other grades ranged from 5 to 9. Louis Millard, Deputy Head Boy of the school said “It just proves that hard work pays off. My family are ecstatic and proud and I’m ready for my next steps at college”. Louis also made excellent progress at New Mills, achieving a grade 9, seven grade 8s and one grade 6.

Two Bens

Ben Mellor (left) and Ben Brown (right) celebrate their GCSEs


Deputy Head boy, Louis Millard celebrates his GCSEs

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Head girl Bea Dean with Emmie Parsons celebrating their GCSEs

2019 GCSE Exam Results

We are extremely pleased with our GCSE results in 2019, with some outstanding attainment and 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 grade 9's

At GCSE, this is the fourth year of the Government’s new measures of school performance which focus on the progress students make using a measure known as ‘Progress 8’. This figure has not been officially published yet. Our Progress 8 data from previous years places us in the national “average” band.

Nationally, schools are judged using a number of criteria:

  • Attainment 8
  • Progress 8 (click here for an explanation)
  • % of students achieving a pass in English and maths
  • % of students achieving the EBacc

Information on these four measures can be found below, and in the school performance tables

Our most notable successes and improvements include:

  • 80% of students achieved grade 4 and above in English, 70% reached the same level in maths
  • Nearly half of the cohort achieved better grades than their prior attainment  indicated they would
  • Music has 100% pass rate (grade 5 or above)

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.


Attainment 8                       

The Attainment 8 score is a reflection of the average grades across 8 subjects for all pupils. Each GCSE grade is a point which, when combined and averaged for each student, gives the Attainment 8 score. . This is compared to the Estimated Attainment 8 grade (provided by the DfE) to calculate the difference which is Progress 8. Our Attainment 8 score in 2019 is 44.2.

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.). 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 (2018) was -0.14 which meant that students on average achieved just below the GCSE grade than they were projected to, across all 8 subjects.  A Progress 8 score of above 0 means a school is making above average progress. Progress 8 score for 2019 is -0.41.

Basics (% of students achieving a pass in English and maths)

This is the second year of the grades for English and maths being awarded on the new 9-1 scale. The DfE have announced that a grade 4 is a standard pass and a grade 5 is a strong pass. The grade 4 is equivalent to the “old” grade C in terms of a “pass”. We are extremely proud of our class of 2019 as 65% attained a standard pass in English and maths. This is at the national average. This year 37% of our students achieved a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and maths.

EBacc (% of students achieving a pass in 5 areas)

The EBacc is awarded to students who achieve a grade 5 or above in English and maths, and achieve a grade C or above in two sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Core Science, Additional Science or Computer Science), a humanities (Geography or History) and a language. 24% of New Mills sutdents had qualifications enabling them to 'enter' the EBacc in 2019. Our average points score in 2019 for the EBacc is 3.59, and 11% achieved a grade 5 and above in the EBacc.


The vast majority of students from New Mills School continue into sustained further education, employment or training, in 2020 95% of our students did so. Detailed information on the destinations can be found in the Destinations Summary 2020.