Academic Quality & Results

There are no shortcuts to success. Our pupils typically achieve better than expected results because we have a culture of high aspirations and hard work.

Academic Quality & Results

There are no shortcuts to success. Our pupils typically achieve better than expected results because we have a culture of high aspirations and hard work.

GCSE results were of an extremely high standard again in 2020 with 95% of all exams achieving a “good pass” or better at the new Grade 5 compared to the national average of 58.2%.

Most impressively, 100% of pupils gained eight or more GCSEs at Grades 9-4. 52% of exam grades were awarded at Grade 7 or above with almost half the cohort securing 5 or more GCSEs at Grades 7-9 – the previous A grade equivalent. Almost a third of all exams were awarded Grades 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance.

The global lockdown didn’t stop Hydesville pupils excelling and results in specific subject areas this year were exceptional.  In the three separate sciences, 85% of grades were 7 or above. In Business Studies, a third of the cohort attained grade 9, and there was high levels of success in Maths, Religious Studies, History, Drama and Spanish, where the majority of pupils secured grade 7 or above.

Read more about our 2020  GCSE results here.


Our 2020 GCSE Highlights


Exams achieving a "strong pass” at Grade 5

(vs. 58.2% National Average)



Grades awarded at 7+ (the previous A grade equivalent)

(vs. 25.5% National Average)




Gained 8 or more GCSEs (at grade 4 or above)



Exam results are one important measure of a school’s performance and we are proud to report consistently top notch grades.

Hydesville Tower Senior School was ranked as the third highest achieving Secondary School in the borough in the 2019 GCSE league tables published by the Department for Education.  The league tables show that the school’s Attainment 8 score – which gauges achievement across eight qualifications including English and Mathematics –  far exceeds the national average.

Although extremely proud of our position in the GCSE performance tables, there is another measure which is of greater importance to us; the amount of progress each child makes.   ‘Value added’ is a measure of the progress pupils make between different stages of their education; if pupils perform beyond expectations this is reflected in a high ‘value added’ score. The Senior School is within the top three per cent nationally when it comes to adding value to a child’s level of attainment.


We are proud to be a Centre for Excellence in 11+ Preparation.

From all the Year 6 pupils in our Prep School sitting the 11+ exam in September 2019, over 71% secured offers of a place at grammar schools.

Their success is due to a combination of natural ability and the teaching and experiences they have received from our Nursery onwards.

The specific 11+ preparatory work our experienced teachers deliver from Year 2 gives our pupils a clear advantage.  We are proud of our academic achievements and high quality teaching.

Preparation for 11+ has always been a tradition at Hydesville and a significant number of pupils continue to secure places at our local grammar schools.  We understand that such places are not suitable for all pupils and our regular tracking and monitoring enables us to support all pupils to the journey to success.


GL assessments are undertaken every year across the country, with benchmarks of above 112 as representing high achievement.  Therefore, success obtained is a measure of the outstanding teaching occurring within the school.

Our GL assessment enables us to check the accuracy of attainment within a national context.

For the academic year 2018/19 we are delighted to announce that all year groups averaged 112+ in GL assessments (English and Maths combined), with the average scores as follows:

Year GroupEnglish & Maths combined score
Year 1122
Year 2117.6
Year 3115.5
Year 4124.2
Year 5116.8
Year 6114.5

Our test results in the EYFS profile far exceed the national average.  For our Nursery children, in the academic year 2018/19, on average, children made 6.5 steps of progress across their Prime Areas during the year (4.5 steps us regarded as expected).

Also, by the end of the academic year 2018/19, 85% of our children reached a ‘good’ level of development at the end of our EYFS.  The national average was 72%.

Children are defined as having reached a good level of development at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level in:

  • the early learning goals in the prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language)
  • the early learning goals in the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.

Pupils continue to achieve highly and exceed national expectations at the end of Key Stage 2.  The end-of-year results for 2018/19 are as follows:

Expected StandardNational Scores
Spelling, punctuation and grammar86%78%
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