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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

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Examination Results

Poynton High School students have again achieved impressive results at GCSE and A Level. Mr David Waugh, Head Teacher, said;

“…it is wonderful to see such amazing results and individual success stories. These results are a real testament to the hard work of all our students, their families and our great staff who have supported them every step of the way. The government has set down the challenge of harder, more academic GCSEs and our students have met that challenge with distinction.  It is particularly pleasing to see their achievement across the whole curriculum with 80% of students achieving a grade 4 (C equivalent) pass in English, mathematics and science”.

In 2019, the Department of Education said that there is no “better performing similar school…within 75 miles.”

Progress 8 - + 0.24

This is the third 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

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

Achieving EBacc at grade 5/C or above

Our curriculum is a broad academic curriculum. Our EBacc figure (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

Link to the 2018 Performance Tables


“…Poynton High School Sixth Form students are simply inspirational!”

The “Sixth Form Class of 2018” are a truly awe inspiring set of young people who have achieved the best results we have ever had within our sixth form; their success builds on the record levels of achievement for each of the last 5 years. Their results represent thousands of hours of hard work and revision and extensive support and guidance from our expert and dedicated staff and extremely supportive parents.  Upon learning of the post 16 students’ achievements, David Waugh, Head Teacher said “…once again, Poynton High School Sixth Form students prove that they are simply inspirational.”

Students and staff are celebrating another record-breaking year at Poynton High School Sixth Form. This summer our 150 Year 13 students took over 450 A-Level examinations and BTEC assessments and have achieved record results across the board including 10% of all A-Levels being graded at the highest possible, prestigious A* Grade and 30% graded as A* or A. Student results have been exceptionally high at all levels and in all subjects with 5 students gaining straight A* grades, approaching 80% of all A-Levels graded at A* - C and an overall pass rate in excess of 99%.

A Level Examination Results 2018


Poynton High School students also achieved impressive results at A level. Mr. Richard Hardman, Director of Sixth Form, said, “…our tradition of high academic achievement has continued; it is once again another record breaking year. Students, families, staff and governors are celebrating the successes of their endeavours with 15% of our students gaining straight A and A* grades in all of their A level subjects and more students than ever securing their progression to places at Cambridge, Durham and other Russell Group Universities. The range of universities and courses our students are now progressing to is truly inspiring from University College, London to Bristol, from Medicine to Physics, from Ancient History to Art Foundation.”


Sixth Form Student Progress 2018

These figures tell 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.


A level Progress score

Further analysis shows that we are at the very top of the average score and on the border of achieving above average.

Academic Qualifications – Level 3 Value Added Score +0.08

Applied General Qualifications – not applicable in 2018

Tech level – not applicable

Sixth Form Average Grade Achieved

The Average Grade Achieved score shows the value of the final average grades achieved by students at the end of their studies. This takes into account all ability levels across our student body. All grades from A* to E are full pass grades at A level and grades range from Distinction* to Pass in BTEC Applied General qualifications.

The percentage of students achieving A* was 10%, while 27% achieved A*- A and 99.1% achieved A*-E.

A level – C+

Academic Qualifications – C+

Applied General Qualifications – not applicable in 2018

Tech level – not applicable

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 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 (11 students) passed this qualification. The national figure is 27.5%.

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

 Retention – the proportion of students who get to the end of their main programme of study.

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.

Number of students who have enrolled mainly to study A Level – 160

Academic Qualifications

Academic qualifications include A levels but also other ‘level 3’ academic qualifications such as International Baccalaureates and Pre-U. These figures are based on students who were entered for at least one academic qualification that takes the same amount of time to study as an AS level or above.

2016/17 data showing % of students completing their main study programme


Students finishing 16 to 18 study who either stayed in education or went into employment from October to March the following year. The data published in January 2018 is for students who finished level 3 (A levels or other level 3 qualifications) 16 to 18 study in 2016, which is the most recent data currently available.

Breakdown of where students have gone on to education or employment

Students plan and achieve high quality outcomes in terms of destinations when they complete their studies with us in our Sixth Form. Around 72% of the students successfully embark on university courses as their chosen destination beyond Sixth Form. 28% of these places are accepted at Russell Group universities each year.  The remaining students often seek and accept placements on high level Apprenticeship programmes or choose to enter the world of work directly after their Sixth Form studies.

Higher education - Students studying towards first degrees and level 4 or 5 technical qualifications at universities and other higher education institutions in the UK, alternative providers and further education colleges in England.                


Breakdown of students studying towards first degrees and level 4 or 5 technical qualifications at Russell Group universities


16-18 Performance Tables