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A Level Results - Congratulations to our sixth form students on their great results. This year’s results were improved even further on last years in every measure, so well done to all of you. The North School is very proud of you! - Read More


School News

A Level Results


Congratulations to our sixth form students on their great results. This year’s results were improved even further on last years in every measure, so well done to all of you. The North School is very proud of you!

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Sports Awards 2017 Intro Video


The North School 2017 Sports Awards Evening Intro Video - Spoiler: Guest Stars Mrs. Hodges, Mr. Robbins and Miss Kray

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Collaborate! Huge Success for The North School


Swale Academies Trust Art Competition, Community College Whitstable

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Sports Awards Evening


With Guest Speaker Will Bayley MBE, Table Tennis Paralympian Gold Medallist

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Open Evening & School Tours


For August 2018 new Year 7 intake

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Results and Performance Tables


GCSE Results 2016

Performance Measures



All students

(198 students)


(North School based students omitting students educated at the Health Needs Service and the inclusion service/PRU)

(193 students)


Attainment 8

4.29 (D+)

4.38 (D+)

3.78 (D-)

Progress 8




English/Maths C+ %




Ebacc %




The North School is therefore above the Government floor target for 2016.

This year has seen North School take a big step forward in terms of its outcomes:

66% of students attained a C+ in English compared with 39% in 2015
65% of students attained a C+ in mathematics compared with 38% in 2015
43% of students attained a C+ in science compared with 34% in 2015
31% of students attained two C+ in science compared with 21% in 2015
25% of students attained a C+ in a humanity compared with 12% in 2015
18% of students attained a C+ in a modern foreign language compared with 13% in 2015


Profile of 2016 Year 11 at The North School:

Disadvantaged students

Low KS2 Prior Attainment

Middle KS2 Prior Attainment

High KS2 Prior Attainment

Students with English as an additional language

SEN students with statement or EHC







Compare schools performances - School and College performance tables

New Performance Measures

This year the Performance Measures for Secondary School have changed quite radically.
Historically the benchmark has been the percentage of Year 11 students who achieve five GCSE passes at grades A*-C including English and mathematics.  The government’s national floor target was set at 40%.

This year the reported measures are:
•    Progress 8 (P8) (the government’s national floor target is now based on Progress 8)
•    Attainment 8 (A8)
•    % of students who achieve both English and mathematics at grades A*-C
•    % of student who achieve the English Baccalaureate  (Grade A*-C+ in 5 subjects which must include GCSE English; GCSE Mathematics; GCSE Science or GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Computer Science; GCSE History or GCSE Geography; GCSE French or other language.)

The Attainment 8 is calculated by giving all GCSE Grades points:

A*/ BTEC L2 distinction *

A / BTEC L2 distinction

B / BTEC L2 merit

C / BTEC L2 pass



BTEC L1 pass














The highest scores from 3 ‘elements’ of government selected subjects are chosen.

Element 1:

English and mathematics

Element 2:

EBacc subjects

Element 3:

EBacc subjects or other approved qualifications

A student’s scores in English and mathematics count as double, although in English this is only the case if student takes GCSEs in English language and English literature.

A student’s three highest scores in the EBacc subjects

A student’s three highest scores from EBacc subjects not already used, or approved qualifications from a government list

4 qualifications

(English and mathematics are double weighted)

3 qualifications

3 qualifications

Each student then has the equivalent of a maximum of 10 subjects that are used in the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 calculation

These points are then added together to give an individual Attainment 8 score.

To calculate the North School’s Attainment 8 score, all the individual average Attainment8 scores are added together and then divided by the number of students.  This is then the average score/grade attained by students in the school.

The Progress 8 is calculated as below:
Students who achieved the same results at KS2 are grouped together and their Attainment 8 scores are averaged.  That gives an estimated Attainment 8 score for the group. 
Each student then has the estimated Attainment 8 score subtracted from their actual Attainment 8 score and this divided by 10. This gives an individual Progress 8 score.
The School Progress 8 score is the average of all the individual student Progress 8 scores.

Floor Target 2016

In 2016, a school was below the floor standard if its Progress 8 score is below -0.5
So to be above floor target we need to be above -0.5, which means that compared to students with similar starting points at KS2 their progress is not more than ½ grade lower on average in all 10 subjects than students nationally.