2016 GCSE Highlights

Attainment 8 Score


English & Maths Threshold


English Baccalaureate*

*The English Baccalaureate is achieved by pupils who have obtained GCSEs at grade A* to C in English, maths, two sciences, a language and a humanities subject.

Progress 8 Score: -0.40

2016 Examination Results

Our 2016 GCSE results are a real disappointment to us and reflect the achievement of a year group which was different fundamentally from previous ones in terms of prior attainment.

The 2016 cohort was less able than previous cohorts and so overall achievement was expected to be lower than in previous years. Within this overall lower ability profile there were a significant number of more able students who, as you will have seen from other posts on the website, performed very well. This shows that within a generally disappointing performance, there were pleasing elements.

Additionally, our performance in English and Mathematics was not as we had expected. These two subjects have been high performing for many years, and have underpinned our increasing levels of achievement at GCSE. This year, they experienced turbulence and inconsistencies around examination marking at the grade C/D threshold and in coursework (for English). As these two subjects are included in all of the four new benchmarks for GCSE performance (being double weighted in the Progress 8 calculation) this lower than expected performance had a profound effect in our showing in these. Having said this, there was some pleasing performance in the other academic subjects making up the suite of English Baccalaureate qualifications. This was particularly the case for students studying GCSEs in the science subjects, particularly Triple Science.

I must reassure you that we have analysed our 2016 GCSE performance forensically and meticulously in order to ensure that achievement at Forest Hill School returns to its previous levels. We will implement appropriate initiatives and interventions that will allow us to report results we can once again be proud of next year.

2016 Performance Measures

Progress 8 Score: -0.40

Attainment 8 Score: 46.57

English & maths threshold:  43%

English Baccalaureate:  24%


Former Performance Measures

% achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including   English and Maths GCSE
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
57% 66% 67% 58% 59%


% achieving the English Baccalaureate
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
12% 16% 17% 19% 24% 24%


% of pupils making expected progress 2015 % of pupils achieving A*-C grade  2015 % of pupils achieving A*-C grade  2016
English Maths English Maths English Maths
69% 64% 68% 71% 54% 51%


Further information on Sixth Form results and destinations is available on the SFH6 website.

Click here to view the Department for Education School Performance Tables

Click here to view the Key Stage 4 Equalities’ Data