Exam Results


2018 GCSE Exam Results

We are extremely pleased with our GCSE results this year, 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 third 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 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.

Our most notable successes and improvements include:

  • 73% of students achieved grade 4 and above in English, 71% reached the same level in maths
  • 10% more students actieved positive progress scores, meaning that that over half of the cohort achieved better grades than their prior attainment  indicated they would
  • 69% of student with SEN achieved grade 4 or above in English, 62% achieved the same in maths
  • The progress 8 of upper ability and middle ability students improved on 2017
  • Chemistry, Music and Physics all have a 100% pass rate (grade 4/C or above), with Biology achieving 94% and Construction 91%
  • 8 subjects achieved the top ALPS banding (1-3) which shows that progress in these subjects is in the top 25% of the country
  • 20% of students achieved three or top grades (Grade 7+ or A*/A)
  • Outstanding individual results include Lorna Richardson (9 grade 9's and 1 grade7), Zoe Bagnall (7 grade 9's and 2 grade 8's), Emily Body (6 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8's and 3 grade 7's) and Emily Hirst (4 grade 9's and 4 grade 8's)

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. 2017, the government changed the points scores each alphabetical grade (A*-G) was equivalent to. This resulted in a national drop in the A8. In 2017, NMS's A8 score has improved compared to national figures to above national average. In 2018 attainment has dropped to slightly below national figures at 44.94.

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 was -0.17 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.

A8 2018

The graph shows A8 scores against prior attainment. Any student (shown as a blue dot) who is above the grey line made more progress than they were expected to. This graph demonstrates the impact of outliers at both ends of the spectrum e.g. positive and negative.

 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 2018 as 64% attained a standard pass in English and maths. This is at the national average this year. This year 33% 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.Over the last three years this measure has risen by 3% at NMS.


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, 2017 and 2018 cohorts can be found here.