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 2018 with 99% of all exams achieving a “good pass” or better at the new Grade 4+, compared to the national average of 67%.

81% achieved a “strong pass” or better at Grade 5+ in English Language and 94% in Maths. All pupils at Hydesville achieved a Grade 7 or above in at least one subject, with almost half of the cohort securing the new top Grade 9.

48% of all grades awarded were at 7+ (the previous A grade equivalent), compared to 20.5% nationally.

In addition, 26% of grades were at 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance.


Read more about our 2018  GCSE results here.

Our 2018 GCSE Highlights


Exams achieving a “good pass” at the new Grade 4+

(vs. 67% National Average)



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

(vs. 20% National Average)




Achieved a “strong pass” at Grade 5+ in Maths

(vs. 50% National Average)

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 2018 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.

In our Prep School many  children sit the 11 Plus exam and are offered a place at a selective secondary school of their choice.

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 Plus preparatory work our experienced teachers deliver from Year 3 gives our pupils a certain 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.

In the academic year 2017/18 two thirds of the pupils who sat the 11+ examination at Hydesville passed.

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 2017/18 we are delighted to announce that each class has improved on its score from last year, with the average scores as follows:

Year GroupMaths ScoreEnglish Score
Year 1131.2124.6
Year 2116.5116.5
Year 3116.0112.6
Year 4115.8112.7
Year 5112.4112.4
Year 6112.7114.0

Our test results in the EYFS profile far exceed the national average.  For the academic year 2017/18, 90.5% of our children reached a ‘good’ level of development at the end of our EYFS.  The national average was 71.5%.

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 2017/18 are as follows:

Expected StandardAchieving at a higher standard
Spelling, punctuation and grammar94%59.4%
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