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Fairfax Performs Well in New-Style Secondary School League Tables

January 26th, 2017

The Department for Education has published for the first time how all schools in England have performed in a new system measuring GCSE and A-level outcomes.

Schools are now judged using new measures including Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which the Government believes will encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, while also better illustrating how far students have progressed from the age of 11 to 18.

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores measure students’ progress and performance across eight subjects, including English, maths, three English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and the other approved qualifications.

Fairfax,achieved a positive Progress 8 score of 0.12, placing it in the top three schools in Sutton Coldfield ahead of selective schools.

Deborah Bunn, Head of Academy, said: “We’re pleased the school has performed well, particular when compared with selective and grammar schools

“We are proud to have achieved record English language and Literature results at GCSE, while also having a record number of students  passing GCSE science.

“We are also celebrating a number of standout achievements at A-level, which saw Fairfax being the third best school in the country for our religious studies results and sixth best nationally for our Law results.

“I want to thank both my staff and students for their dedication and hard work as we continue to strive for excellence.”

Andy Bird, CEO of Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust, said: “It is a real credit to Deborah Bunn’s strong and passionate leadership that Fairfax has achieved these results.

“The Trust is relentless in its focus to drive up standards and instil a real sense of ambition in all of our students.

“I am delighted our students make good progress during the time they spend at Fairfax as we equip them with both the academic skills and extra-curricular experiences to help them realise their goals and aspirations.”

Fairfax's Attainment 8 score was 54.2 points – 6.3 points higher than England’s average of 48.5 points.

Meanwhile, 75 per cent of Fairfax School students achieved Grade C or above in English and maths GCSE, 15.7 per cent higher than the 59.3 per cent England average.

And 29 per cent of Fairfax School students achieved the EBacc, 5.9 per cent higher than the England average.

The EBacc was first introduced into the performance tables in 2009/10 and is made up of English, maths, science, a language, and history or geography.

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