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  • 2.1 Overview
  • 2.2 School Categories
  • 2.3 School Ranks
  • 2.4 School Scores
  • 2.5 General Schools Data
  • 2.6 School Performance Data
    • 2.5.1 School Ranks
    • 2.5.2 England
      • 2.5.2.1 Primary
      • 2.5.2.2 Secondary
      • 2.5.2.3 Colleges/Further Education
    • 2.5.3 Scotland
      • 2.4.3.1 Secondary
      • 2.5.3.2 Colleges/Further Education
    • 2.5.4 Wales
      • 2.5.4.1 Early Years
      • 2.5.4.2 Primary
      • 2.5.4.3 Secondary
      • 2.5.4.4 Colleges/Further Education
  • 2.7 Schools Data Sources

2.1 Overview

  • Schools data for school year 2014/15 for England & Wales and school year 2012/13 for Scotland.
  • Ofsted data used as at June 2016 (Maintained Schools), June 2016 (Maintained Colleges), August 2015 (Independent Institutions).

Summary data from the 3 closest schools (based on as the crow flies) to the location selected within each school category is displayed. Note, The Schools data displayed is dependent on the country (England, Scotland or Wales) that the location selected is in - therefore, if a location is in England but the closest school to the location is in Wales, then this school will NOT be displayed however the 3 closest schools in England will be displayed.

All schools displayed default to 'State' schools unless a preference of 'Independent' is set within 'My Preferences'.

Individual school data is only available where the location selected is a Postcode and is not available for display where the location selected is a boundary (e.g. County, Civil Parish, Parliamentary Constituency).

Note, the information provided for schools should not be seen as a good schools guide and you should make a full assessment (above and beyond the information provided on the LocationCounts website) of a school's suitability for your child. Care should be taken when making a direct comparison between individual schools - for example, 'School A' may have a higher proportion of pupils from a deprived background than 'School B'; typically, in this scenario, the performance measures for 'School B' are likely to be better than those for 'School A'; however, there may be other factors, specific to you, that makes 'School A' a better school of choice for your child. Refer to the links in Section 2.6 below for more detailed information for each individual country.

School results are based on the national College League Tables (A Level League Tables, Sixth Form League Tables), GCSE League Tables and KS2 League Tables published by the relevant government departments.

2.2 School Categories

There are five separate school categories:

  • Early Years (pupils aged up to 7)
  • Primary (pupils aged 8 to 11)
  • Secondary (pupils aged 12 to 16)
  • Colleges/Further Education (pupils aged 16+)
  • Special (pupils with Special Educational Needs)
The terminology used to for school categories differs between countries and also in some cases within country (for example, there are some 'middle' schools in England that cater for pupils aged 11 to 13). LocationCounts has therefore standardised the terminology used across all countries in an attempt to remove confusion.

2.3 School Ranks

The Ranks for the selected location are provided for each school category and based on the 3 closest schools. Depending on the country & school category, the Rank will be calculated either on distance 'as the crow flies' from the location to the school or a combination of the performance of the 3 closest schools (where performance data is available) and their relative distance. A note is made next to each rank that details which method is used.

2.4 School Scores

Where school performance data is available, LocationCounts calculates a score for each school. The score is based on the statistics published by the relevant government body for each country and is in the range of 1 to 10 with 1 being the poorest performing schools and 10 being the best performing schools. Note: a subset of performance statistics are used to calculate the score (e.g. GCSE and 'A' level results in England/Wales); subsequently, if a school or learning establishment promotes alternative courses then the school/learning establishment may score poorly. The school score should therefore been seen as a guide only and you should contact individual schools to understand their curriculum.

2.5 General Schools Data

For each school, a number of data items are displayed:

  • The School Name - clicking on the school name links to the relevant government web-site providing full information for the school
  • Local Authority - for state schools, links to the local authority that the school falls within are displayed. While LocationCounts displays the 3 closest schools to the location selected, this does not necessarily mean that the location is in the catchment area for the school. The local authority website details the admissions policy in place and catchment areas where applicable.
  • Distance from Location - distance 'as the crow flies'.
  • Inspection result / link - links to the latest inspection report available for each school is provided. Note, in England, there is a small time delay between school inspections being carried out and LocationCounts having access to the results - therefore, for schools in England (where the inspection result is displayed) the link should be used to see the latest report.
  • Pupil/Teacher Ratio - the ratio between the number of pupils and the number of teachers (not available for schools in Scotland).
  • Performance results - key performance results extracted from files provided by the relevant government web-sites.

2.6 School Performance Data

Some schools (e.g. Independent schools) are not measured at some ages while data may be unavailable for other schools (e.g. where the school cohort is too small for valid results or where publishing results would break data protection legislation). Where this is the case, results of 'Unavailable' or 'Low Data' will be displayed.

2.6.1 Schools Scores

Where school performance data is available, LocationCounts calculates a score for each school. The score is based on the statistics published by the relevant government body for each country and is in the range of 1 to 10 with 1 being the poorest performing schools and 10 being the best performing schools. Note: a subset of performance statistics are used to calculate the score (e.g. GCSE and 'A' level results in England/Wales); subsequently, if a school or learning establishment promotes alternative courses then the school/learning establishment may score poorly. The school score should therefore been seen as a guide only and you should contact individual schools to understand their curriculum. Care should also be taken when making a direct comparison between individual schools - for example, 'School A' may have a higher proportion of pupils from a deprived background than 'School B'; typically, in this scenario, the performance measures for 'School B' will be better than those for 'School A'; however, there may be other factors, specific to you, that make 'School A' a better school of choice for your child / ward of court.

2.6.2 England

The Department of Education website (http://www.gov.uk/dfe) provides a full explanation of how school performance statistics in England are collated.

2.6.2.1 Primary
Percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 or above in reading and maths test and writing: 'Level 4' is the expected level of achievement in England for pupils in Primary School (Key Stage 2). The percentage given is the proportion of pupils at each school that achieve this benchmark. Some schools (e.g. Independent schools) are not measured while data may be unavailable for other schools (e.g. where the school cohort is too small for valid results). The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above in reading and maths test and writing: 'Level 4' is the expected level of achievement in England for pupils in Primary School (Key Stage 2). The percentage given is the proportion of pupils at each school that EXCEED this benchmark. Some schools (e.g. Independent schools) are not measured while data may be unavailable for other schools (e.g. where the school cohort is too small for valid results). The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of pupils achieving Level 3 or below in reading and maths test and writing: 'Level 4' is the expected level of achievement in England for pupils in Primary School (Key Stage 2). The percentage given is the proportion of pupils at each school that FAIL TO achieve this benchmark. Some schools (e.g. Independent schools) are not measured while data may be unavailable for other schools (e.g. where the school cohort is too small for valid results). The LOWER percentage the better.

Average Points Score: Points are allocated to each pupils test/exam results throughout their time at school. The points for each pupil are then averaged at a school level. This Average Points Score provides a general measure of how each school is performing. The expected point score equivalent at Primary School (Key Stage 2) is '27'. The range of scores in England in 2015 was 16.0 to 36.3. The higher score the better.

Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 Value Add Score: Progress for pupils in English & Maths between Key Stages 1 & 2 is measured for each school. A score is given to each school based around 100 (where 100 is the expected level of progress). The range of scores in England in 2015 was 95.5 to 104.7. The higher score the better.

2.6.2.2 Secondary

Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs or equivalents including English & Maths: Percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs or equivalents at grade A* to C (including English & Maths). The higher percentage the better.

Average Points Score (Best 8 Subjects): Points are allocated to each pupils test/exam results throughout their time at school. The points for each pupil are then averaged at a school level. This Average Points Score provides a general measure of how each school is performing. The range of scores in England in 2015 was 1.0 to 456.9. The higher score the better.

2.6.2.3 Colleges/Further Education

Percentage of Key Stage 5 students achieving 3 or more A levels at A-E (or equivalents): The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of Key Stage 5 students achieving 3 A levels at AAB or higher in facilitating subjects: Facilitating subjects are: maths, further maths, English literature, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, history and languages. The higher percentage the better.

Average Points Score (per examination entry): Points are allocated to each pupils test/exam results throughout their time at school. The points for each pupil per examination entry are then averaged at a school level. This Average Points Score provides a general measure of how each school is performing. The range of scores in England in 2014 was 93.0 to 277.1. The higher score the better.

2.6.3 Scotland

The Education Scotland website (http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk) provides a full explanation of how school performance statistics in Scotland are collated.

SCQF is the Scottish Credit & Qualification Framework.

2.6.3.1 Secondary

Percentage of S4 pupils attaining 5+ exam successes at SCQF Level 3: Percentage of the S4 year group achieving five or more awards at SCQF Level 3 (Standard Grade Foundation level or equivalent) or better. The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of S4 pupils attaining 5+ exam successes at SCQF Level 4: Percentage of the S4 year group achieving five or more awards at SCQF Level 4 (Standard Grade General level or equivalent) or better. The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of S4 pupils attaining 5+ exam successes at SCQF Level 5: Percentage of the S4 year group achieving five or more awards at SCQF Level 5 (Standard Grade Credit level or equivalent) or better. The higher percentage the better.

2.6.3.2 Colleges/Further Education

Percentage of S4 pupils attaining 3+ exam successes at SCQF Level 6 in S6: Percentage of the S4 year group from two years previously achieving three or more awards at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) or better. The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of S4 pupils attaining 5+ exam successes at SCQF Level 6 in S6: Percentage of the S4 year group from two years previously achieving five or more awards at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) or better. The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of S4 pupils attaining 1+ exam successes at SCQF Level 7 in S6: Percentage of the S4 year group from two years previously achieving one or more awards at SCQF Level 7 (Advanced Higher) or better. The higher percentage the better.

2.6.4 Wales

The My Local Schools (Fy Ysgol Leol) website (http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/) provides a full explanation of how school performance statistics in Wales are collated.

2.6.4.1 Early Years

Percentage of pupils reaching expected levels at foundation stage: Foundation stage in Wales is for pupils aged 3 to 7. The expected level of achievement for pupils is Foundation Phase Outcome 5+. The percentage given is the proportion of pupils at each school that achieve this benchmark. The higher percentage the better.

2.6.4.2 Primary

Percentage of pupils reaching expected levels at Key Stage 2: The expected level of achievement for pupils at Primary school in Wales level 4+. The percentage given is the proportion of pupils at each school that achieve this benchmark. The higher percentage the better.

2.6.4.3 Secondary

Percentage of 15 year old pupils achieving the level 2 threshold: The level 2 inclusive threshold is the equivalent of 5 A*s to C GCSEs including English/Welsh and mathematics. The higher percentage the better.

Percentage of 15 year old pupils achieving the core subject indicator: The core subject indicator is the achievement of A*s to C GCSE's in English or Welsh and Mathematics and Science. The higher percentage the better.

Average Points Score: Points are allocated to each pupils test/exam results throughout their time at school. The points for each pupil are then averaged at a school level. This Average Points Score provides a general measure of how each school is performing.

2.6.4.4 Colleges/Further Education

Percentage of 17 year olds entering an equivalent to 2 A levels who achieved the Level 3 threshold: The level 3 inclusive threshold is the equivalent of 2 A levels grades A to E. The higher percentage the better.

Average Points Score: Points are allocated to each pupils test/exam results throughout their time at school. The points for each pupil are then averaged at a school level. This Average Points Score provides a general measure of how each school is performing. The higher score the better.

2.7 Schools Data Sources:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance (England)
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/ (England)
http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scottishschoolsonline (Scotland)
http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk (Wales)