For pupils at Key Stage 4, the end of their secondary education is in sight and the increasing pressure that goes hand-in-hand with sitting GCSE exams may seem to dominate school life. However, with the right support, we understand that every student can not only become an integral part of Great Barr Academy performance data, but develop the skills and achieve the results they need to progress to a career path of their choice.
An introduction to Key Stage 4
With students able to complete and be externally examined for a wide range of option subjects during Key Stage 4, alongside core subjects of English, mathematics and science, our varied curriculum and tailor-made delivery continues into Year 10 and 11. At the start of Key Stage 4, pupils can choose to pursue two more options, with history, geography, French, German, Spanish, computer science, physical education, religious studies, social sciences, technology and performing arts accessible as part of our curriculum.
In addition to providing a supportive and caring environment that nurtures progress and maximises opportunities, home learning is particularly important to achieving results and developing an independent learning style that effectively challenges targets.
Our latest performance data
Here at Great Barr Academy, we understand that there is always room for improvement and we use a range of strategies, including progress tracking, excellent teaching, high behavioural standards and positive relationship building with both parents and pupils, to set realistic targets and achieve results at Key Stage 4.
The percentage of pupils achieving an A* to G grade in five or more subjects was 95.2% in 2016, with excellent progress and outstanding results in science (both as a core subject and individually), drama, English literature and English language. During 2016, 41% of our Year 11 pupils achieved a C grade or above in GCSEs (or equivalent) in 5 or more subjects, including English and maths.
The English Baccalaureate
Our English Baccalaureate (EBacc) performance is also particularly important to us. A performance indicator linked to the GCSE, the English Baccalaureate was launched to encourage schools in England to promote a selection of academic subjects, and it is a programme that we have embraced with both hands. According to our 2016 Sisra* performance data, of the 380 Year 11 pupils studying at Great Barr Academy, 4% achieved the English Baccalaureate, a result we are keen to build on in the coming years.
Please visit www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance to view the latest Great Barr Academy performance data courtesy of the Department for Education’s school and college performance tables.
* Sisra Analytics is an internal management system for exam analysis.