Cressex is a non-selective, urban school in a wholly selective area. The student population has very distinctive characteristics:
- 41% are known to be eligible for free school meals (national average – 28.9%)
- 22.5% have a special educational need (national average – 11%)
- 71.9% speak English as an additional language (national average – 15.7%)
- 13.6% did not join the school at the normal starting point in Year 7 (national average – 8.4%)
a) are motivated by the subjects and combinations of subjects on offer; and
b) have the best chance of success so that they are well set up for their next stage of education or employment with training when they leave Cressex.
Results in 2016 demonstrate that the school had considerable success in achieving these goals.
- The highest percentage ever of students achieved passes in GCSE or other equivalent qualifications at grade C and above, grade B and above, and grade A*/A.
- Attainment at grade C and above was close to or better than the national average in: Mathematics, Science, Languages and Humanities.
- 95% of students gained 5 or more GCSE passes at A*-G.
- 100% of students achieved at least one qualification.
|2016 Department of Education Performance Table Figures for Cressex|
|Proportion of students remaining in Education, Training or Employment with Training at age 16: 96% (national average - 94%)|
|Achieving GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above: 69% (national average - 68.6%)|
|Achieving GCSE English at grade C or above: 49% (national average - 74.8%)|
|Achieving GCSE Science at grade C or above: 77% (national average - 63.8%)|
|Achieving GCSE Humanities at grade C or above: 60% (national average - 63.9%)|
|Achieving GCSE Languages at grade C or above: 91% (national average - 70.0%)|
|Achieving Mathematics and English at grade C or above: 43%|
|Proportion of students taking the "English Baccalaureate": 7%|
|Proportion of students who took the "English Baccalaureate" who achieved it: 86%|
|Attainment 8: 43|
|Progress 8: - 0.24|
The school's 'Progress 8' figure for 2016 was -0.24. Almost all students at Cressex take at least 8 GCSEs or the equivalent. For the reasons given above, significantly fewer than is the case nationally take the particular combination of qualifications that feeds into the Progress 8 calculation. Therefore, Cressex is not being compared equally with other schools by this measure. We believe that in a like-for-like measure, students at Cressex would be shown to make the same progress as similar students across England, and indeed, would be making better progress than some such students.