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Examination Results

Examination Results 2019

Once again our students have achieved outstanding results at both GCSE and A level.  Our students embraced the challenge presented to them by the reformed qualifications and achieved impressive progress. This group of inspirational young people have excelled, with nearly 30% of all students being awarded an A or A* at A level and 80% achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4+, including English and maths.


2019 GCSE Results are now available on the government school performance website (see above).  We are proud that in 2019 our students' results were the best in Cheshire East for:

  • Attainment 8
  • % of students achieving 9-4 grades in English and Maths
  • the EBacc average points score.

The progress students made was even better than in 2018, when we were recognised by the SSAT for exceptional student attainment as we were in the top 10% of non-selective state schools nationally for student attainment. 

Progress 8 - + 0.29

This is the fourth year Progress 8 has been used as a measure and our students have again showed that they are making much better progress than students nationally.  It is particularly pleasing that our students combine this good progress with very high attainment levels.

Attainment 8

Our attainment is very strong. It is again significantly better than both the Cheshire East and the England average.

Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs

A 5 is a strong pass, equivalent to an old B or high C. We outperform the England and Cheshire East average.

EBacc average point score

Our curriculum is a broad academic curriculum. Our EBacc average point score (Maths/ Science/ English/ Humanities/ MFL) is significantly higher than the England and the Cheshire East average. We are pleased that so many of our students succeed in the EBacc subjects.

Entering for the EBacc

Staying in education or entering employment

Link to the 2019 Performance Tables


A Level Examination Results 2019

This summer our 152 Year 13 students took over 450 A- Level examinations and BTEC assessments and have achieved record results across the board, including almost 10% of all A-Levels being graded at the prestigious A* grade and 30% graded as A* or A. Student results have been exceptionally high at all levels and in all subjects with 17 students gaining straight A*/A grades and 80% of all A-Levels graded A*-C, with an overall pass rate in excess of 99%.

It is yet another year of great success by our students and recognition of all the hard work by them, their families and our staff. These results are transformational for them with the vast majority going on to follow courses at their first choice of university.

Examples of destinations for individual students this year are below:

•Daniel O gained A* A* A* in his A Levels and will be reading Natural Sciences at Durham University.

•Christopher H gained B B B in his A Levels and will be reading Computer Science with an Industrial Placement at Newcastle University.

•Matthew H gained A* A* A* in his A Levels and will be reading Mathematics at Durham University.

•Ben P gained B C D in his A Levels and is joining Siemens to undertake a Digital Coding apprenticeship.

•Megan J gained C C C in her A Levels and will be reading Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology at Bangor University.

•Isobel S gained A* A  A in her A Levels and will be reading Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

•Lucy S gained B B and Distinction* in her A Levels and BTEC course and will be reading Interactive Media at the University of York.

•Theo C gained A A B in his A Levels and will be reading Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield.

•Benjamin H gained A B C in his A Levels and will be reading Sports Management at Loughborough University.


Sixth Form Student Progress 2019

This figure tells you how much progress students who studied qualifications at this school made between the end of Key Stage 4 and the end of their Sixth Form studies, compared to similar students across England. We are really proud that our students are working above national levels and making more than expected progress.  The 2019 results show even greater progress than the pleasing 2018 results.

Academic Qualifications Progress score

This score shows progress across A levels and other academic qualifications such as the EPQ.


Average Grade Achieved



Average result





Cheshire East






English and Maths Progress Measure

This figure measures the progress made by students who are resitting GCSE English and maths to achieve a Standard Pass (Grade 4) or higher while studying their Level 3 qualifications with us in the Sixth Form. The figures show excellent progress made by these students compared to the national figures.

In English, 100% of the students required to re-sit their GCSE Language qualification during 2018-19 (19 students) passed this qualification. The national figure was 33.7%.

In Maths, 65% of the students required to re-sit their GCSE Maths Mathematics qualification during 2018-19 (11 students) passed this qualification. The national figure is 27.5%. This gave us an average progress score of 0.92 compared with a national figure of 0.1.

In both cases, these results are significantly above all national figures.


Retention figures show the percentage of students completing their main study programme.   

Retention rates are well above national figures and show how successful students are within Poynton Sixth Form at completing courses that they start. The high quality induction and the guidance given on types and models of suitable programmes of study mean that students complete the courses they begin.

In 2018 98.1% of students completed their main study programme which was a higher figure than Cheshire East (95.1%) or England (94.2%).

2019 data will be available in March 2020.

Student destinations

(The data below was published in January 2020 and refers to the 2017 leavers).

Students progressing to education or employment




16-18 Performance Tables