GCSE/KS4 Results

Summer 2017 GCSE Headline Results

Castlebrook is now ranked 4th out of the 12 schools in the Bury Authority, when ranked using the progress 8 measure. Credit must go to all our learners, staff and parents/carers for their hard work in achieving these excellent outcomes.

This year was the first of the new Maths and English examinations, with grades awarded from 1 to 9, with the grade 4 (standard pass) being the equivalent to a grade C last year. In both Maths and English Castlebrook’s percentage of grade 4’s or above, were above the national averages (shown in the table below). Also there were excellent results in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Child Development, Construction,  Food Technology, History, ICT, Physical Education, Photography, Religious Education and Sociology.

There were many outstanding of individual performances, for example, Usman Jilani achieved a 9 in Maths, along with 8 A*’s and 2 grade 7’s. Megan Thurm achieved 2 grade 8’s, 5 A*’s, 1 grade A and 1 grade 7. Hannah Dickinson 1 grade 8, 5 A*’s, 1 grade 7, 2 A’s, 1 grade 7 and 1 grade 6.


The table below shows the summer 2017 GCSE headline measures

Measure 2017 National 2017 Castlebrook
Attainment 8 44.6 45.7
Progress 8 0.00 -0.01
% Grade 5 or above in English & Maths 39.6 % 39 %
% Achieving Ebacc 19.7 % 4 %
% Entering Ebacc 35 % 12 %
English 4+(Standard Pass) 69.9 %* 71.8 %
Maths 4+(Standard Pass) 70.7 %* 74.6 %
% staying in education or entering employment 94%* 97%

*  national figures to be confirmed


Explanation of the Progress 8 Measure

Progress 8 is a measure of the progress children make between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school. It’s designed to encourage good quality teaching across a broad curriculum.

Progress 8 is based on pupils’ performance in eight qualifications. These are English and maths, at least one science, and students’ five highest scores from a range of other qualifications, including GCSEs and approved non-GCSEs. English and maths are given double weighting to reflect their importance.

The results are compared to the national average of other pupils with similar starting positions (in other words, similar KS2 SATs results). A school’s Progress 8 score is usually between -1 and +1. A score of +1 means that pupils in that school achieve one grade higher in each qualification than other similar pupils nationally. A score of -1 means they achieve one grade lower.

The average Progress 8 score of all secondary schools nationally is 0. Schools with a Progress 8 score of below -0.5 are not achieving the minimum standard expected by the Government. A score of +0.5 of above shows that pupils in that school are making well above the expected level of progress.

To see how the progress 8 score is calculated, please click on the link below.



New GCSEs: Student Guide to 2017 Results

New GCSEs: Parent Guide to 2017 Results

More detailed GCSE performance table information is available here.