exmresultsYou can view results from previous years from the 6th form menu above.  These qualifications are taken mainly by 18 year olds after two years of study in our 6th form.

Many students go on from here to higher education places in Universities and Colleges all over the country.

Advanced level qualifications, like A-levels and Btec Nationals, are also known as Level 3 qualifications.

If you are looking for information about collecting this year's results go to our page called Results and 6th form enrolment

You can see and download tables of results going back to 2005 from our Downloads section. These are in PDF file format for easy downloading.The tables show the number of entries for each subject and the numbers achieving the different grades for the qualification.

Great care needs to be taken when interpreting statistics and drawing messages from them, especially if results are only shown as percentages.

Not all schools publish their results with numbers of actual grades shown as we do, many just publish percentages.

Using examination statistics to compare schools is fraught with pitfalls and it is easy to be misled by statistics even where a school publishes it in a similar format to ours showing the actual number of grades. 

Exam results for 6th form are influenced by a number of factors and it’s a mistake to believe that high results indicate a high standard of teaching or lower results mean there is a lower quality of teaching. You can see some of the difficulties in the fictional example below.

At first glance it seems clear: 6th form A achieves better results for A-level Alchemy therefore 6th form A is the place to go. However there are hidden messages to detect, see below.

A-level Alchemy 

Entries

A*

A

B

C

D

E

U

Pass rate

Higher Grades

6th Form A

16

6

4

5

1

0

0

0

100%

94%

6th Form B

40

5

5

8

6

6

6

4

90%

45%

Notes

                   

U grade

 

unclassified i.e. a fail

Pass rate

 

Number of pass grades at A*-E divided by number of entries shown as a percentage

Higher Grades

 

Number of passes at the highest grades (Sometimes grades A*, A & B are included sometimes grades A*, A, B & C) divided by number of entries shown as a percentage

 

  • The number of entries. 6th Form A entered 16 students for the exam. This figure doesn’t tell you how many were not entered or dropped out of the course before taking the exam. Some schools e.g. 6th Form A in this case, could be not entering students who might fail or get a low grade. 6th Form A can thus ensure its percentages are kept high.
  • The number of passes and higher grades may well be a product of entry criteria. Many schools will only accept students onto courses if they have already proved to be high achievers at GCSE. Not surprisingly this type of student generally achieve at a high level at A-level. It is unwise to simply assume that high A-level exam results are proof of high quality teaching. 6th Form A could be ensuring high results by only allowing the highest GCSE achievers onto the A-Level course, whilst 6th Form B gives more students a chance. If this is the case then it could be said that 6th Form B’s results are actually better.

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