In 2018, the school decided to change the way it reports its GCSE results. Because the scoring system has changed from A* – G to 9 -1 any comparisons with previous years are not be valid. Instead the school will report on Value Added for the Year 11 cohort each year. Value Added measures how well each pupil did in each subject when compared to predictions which were generated by nationally recognised IQ tests in Year 7. In 2018 the Value Added score was 67%; that means that, on average, 67% of all the exams taken were one grade higher than the predicted grade.
In 2017, the way GCSEs were scored started to change quite radically. In addition, the government raised the standard of the exams to make them harder. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science were scored on a scale of 9 to 1 with 9 representing the best grade and 1 the worst. A grade 4 is equivalent to a C. Particularly pleasing for the school were the English, Maths and Science results which were 90%, 90% and 90%. Thorpe Hall’s top scorer gained 3 A*s, 5 As and a B.
In 2016, against a background of downward pressure on GCSE result coming from central government, Thorpe Hall pupils very much held their own and maintained results that continue to be substantially ahead of national averages. 84% of pupils gained 5 or more A* to C grades and 82% gained 5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English. This latter figure is particularly impressive and demonstrates considerable progress from performance percentages from three years ago. ‘Value Added’ calculations for pupils’ best 8 grades showed an improvement of 0.6 grades compared to predictions made against standardised intelligence test in Year 9. That means that on average pupils gained a grade higher in 6 out of 10 exams compared to their predictions.
In 2015 OfQual re-introduced ‘norm referencing’ for all GCSEs meaning that the reforms of Curriculum 2000 were reversed. This means that for every grade in every subject across all exam boards there is now an expected % of pupils that will achieve that grade – previously if a pupil gained the right mark they were awarded the corresponding grade. In 2015 83% of Thorpe Hall pupils gained 5 or more A* to C grades, with 80% gaining 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Maths. This latter figure was a significant improvement on previous years and reflected increased investment in Maths. 40% of all grades achieved were at B or above.
In 2014, the Government applied considerable downward pressure on English results in particular and OfQual issued warnings that patterns of results in general may differ considerably from previous years. In this context, our result of 89.5% of pupils gaining 5 or more A* to C grades was excellent. In this year 22% of all grades were A* or A and 45% were in the range of A* to B. Our top scorer gained 9 A*s and an A. We also heard that our top scorer from 2012 has gained the A Level grades to go to Cambridge University. (She has now graduated with a First Class Degree)
In 2013, Thorpe Hall retained a very strong record of good results. 84% of students achieved 5 of more A* to C grades which is well above the national average of 68%. Around 17% of exams taken resulted in an A* or A; around 41% of exams taken resulted in a B grade or better.
Thorpe Hall is a strictly non-selective school and therefore educates children of all abilities.