Exam Results


2017 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 A* and A grades.

At GCSE, this is the second 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:

  • 81% of students achieved grade 4 and above in English, 79% reached the same level in maths
  • Attainment of disadvantaged students increased in nearly every measure=, and their attainment gaps to their non-disadvantaged peers narrowed
  • 69% of student with SEN achieved grade 4 or above in English, 62% achieved the same in maths
  • The progress 8 of lower ability students was 0.48, meaning they achieve on average ½ a grade above expected in every subject they entered
  • Catering, Construction and German all has a 100% pass rate (grade C or above), with Biology and Chemistry achieving 96%, Physics at 95%, and Art at 81%
  • 10 subjects achieved the top ALPS banding (1-3) which shows that progress in these subjects is in the top 25% of the country
  • 22% of students achieved three top grades (Grade 7+ or A*/A)
  • Outstanding individual results include Oliver Wyatt (3 grade 9’s, 6 A*’s and 2A’s), Jo Johnson (2 grade 9’s, 7 A*’s, an A and a grade 7), Rachel Pindar (2 grade 9’s, 1 grade 8, 6 A*’s and an A), Tommy Fitzgibbon (1 grade 9, 2 grade 8’s, 5 A*’s an A and a B), Kiera Goodwin (1 grade 9, 1 grade 8, 5 A*’s, 1 grade 7 and 2A’s), Bryony Moore (1 grade 9, 1grade 8, 3 A*’s, 3A’s, a grade 6 and a B) and Mary Greer-Arnfield (1 grade 9, 1 grade 8, 2 A*’s,  3A’s, a grade 7 and 2B’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 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 32 (as each C grade is 4 points). This is compared to the Estimated Attainment 8 grade (provided by the DfE) to calculate the difference which is Progress 8.

This year’s National A8 had reduced due to a change in the points scores each alphabetical grade (A*-G) is equivalent to. NMS A8 score has improved compared to national figures; in 2015 and 2016 attainment was below national average, in 2017 it is above national average.

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. 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 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 year the grades for English and maths are 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 2017 who achieved a 20% rise on the previous year for attaining a standard pass in English and maths. This is 10% above the national average this year. There are no comparisons to previous years for the strong pass (grade 5 and above) in English and maths as this is a new measure. This year 44% of our students achieved this attainment, 5% higher than the national average.

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. This year we built on last year’s 2% increase, as the percentages of students achieving this accolade have increased again by 2%. We are now close to national average for this measure.


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 and 2017 cohorts can be found here.



2017 KS5 Exam Results


The scores below show how much progress students at New Mills School made in English and maths qualifications (GCSE re-takes), between the end of key stage 4 and the end of the 16 to 18 phase of education. A positive score means that, on average, students got higher grades at 16 to 18 than at key stage 4. A negative score means that, on average, students got lower grades than at key stage 4. Students are included in these measures if they did not achieve a grade C or higher in their GCSE or equivalent by the end of key stage 4 in that subject



Number of   Students

New Mills   School

Derbyshire   average

England   average











The scores below show how much progress students at New Mills School made in their KS5 courses, compared to the progress of students nationally. On average our students made more progress than national. The average grade for New Mills students was a C, grades for Derbyshire and nationally have yet to be released, but will appear here in due course for comparison. Our retention rate was 95%. This means 95% of students completed their KS5 courses.

New Mills School score


Confidence interval

-0.12    +0.20

Number of Entries


National average