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School News

Weekly Bulletin 15/02/19


Weekly Bulletin In addition to regular website updates, termly newsletter and frequent Twitter news, as from the beginning of this term we will produce a weekly School Bulletin to keep everyone updated on the events of the forthcoming week, reminders, school news and dates for the diary. The School Bulletin will be sent to parents via School Comms. The Bulletin will be published every Friday and, in addition to the School Comms message, it will also be uploaded on the school website.

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The Year 8 Options Parents Evening


The Year 8 Options Parents Evening will take place on Thursday 14th February from 5pm – 7pm.

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Kent Teacher of the Year Awards


Submit a nomination - online nominations deadline 1st March 2019

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Year 11 Saturday School


Saturday 9th February 2019

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Year 7 Homework Challenge


Year 7 Homework Challenge - Term 1

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Results and Performance Tables


GCSE Results 2018

Performance Measures




(North School based students omitting students educated at the Health Needs Service and the inclusion service/PRU)


Attainment 8




Progress 8




4+ Eng and Maths


52% 4+


5+ Eng and Maths




% Entering Ebacc




Grade 5+ Ebacc




The North School is therefore above the Government floor target for 2018.

62% of students attained a 4+ in Maths.

53% of students attained a 4+ in best of English Language or Literature.

50% of students attained a double award 4-4 in Science compared to 36% at C+ in 2017.

 Profile of 2017 Year 11 at The North School:

Disadvantaged students

Low KS2 Prior Attainment

Middle KS2 Prior Attainment

High KS2 Prior Attainment

Students with English as an additional language

SEN students with statement or EHC















Compare schools performances - School and College performance tables

New Performance Measures

This is the second year in the three year transition to radically change the Performance Measures for Secondary Schools.
Historically the benchmark has been the percentage of Year 11 students who achieve five GCSE passes at grades A*-C including English and mathematics.  The government’s national floor target was set at 40%.

This year the reported measures are:
•    Progress 8 (P8) (the government’s national floor target is now based on Progress 8)
•    Attainment 8 (A8)
•    % of students entering the English Baccalaureate  
•    % of student who achieve Grade 5 or above in the English Baccalaureate

      % of students achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths

 The Attainment 8 is calculated by giving all GCSE Grades points:

8/ A*/ BTEC L2 distinction *

7/ A / BTEC L2 distinction

6/ B / BTEC L2 merit

5-4/ C / BTEC L2 pass















The highest scores from 3 ‘elements’ of government selected subjects are chosen.

Element 1:

English and mathematics

Element 2:

EBacc subjects

Element 3:

EBacc subjects or other approved qualifications

A student’s scores in English and mathematics count as double, although in English this is only the case if student takes GCSEs in English language and English literature.

A student’s three highest scores in the EBacc subjects

A student’s three highest scores from EBacc subjects not already used, or approved qualifications from a government list

4 qualifications

(English and mathematics are double weighted)

3 qualifications

3 qualifications

Each student then has the equivalent of a maximum of 10 subjects that are used in the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 calculation

These points are then added together to give an individual Attainment 8 score.

To calculate the North School’s Attainment 8 score, all the individual average Attainment8 scores are added together and then divided by the number of students.  This is then the average score/grade attained by students in the school.

The Progress 8 is calculated as below:
Students who achieved the same results at KS2 are grouped together and their Attainment 8 scores are averaged.  That gives an estimated Attainment 8 score for the group. 
Each student then has the estimated Attainment 8 score subtracted from their actual Attainment 8 score and this divided by 10. This gives an individual Progress 8 score.
The School Progress 8 score is the average of all the individual student Progress 8 scores.

Floor Target 2018

Floor target 2017 remains -0.5.
So to be above floor target we need to be above -0.5, which means that compared to students with similar starting points at KS2 their progress is not more than ½ grade lower on average in all 10 subjects than students nationally.