Abbey Gate College Placed Top of the Government’s Performance Tables for Pupil Progress at A-Level in Chester and Cheshire West

08 Feb 2017

Performance tables released by the Department for Education placed Abbey Gate College at the top of the table for Pupil Progress at A-level for all schools and colleges in Cheshire West and Chester, both state-maintained and independent.

The Pupil Progress result achieved in 2016 by Abbey Gate College not only placed the school top of all schools in the area, but placed the co-educational school second in the North West, and within the top 2% of all schools and colleges in England.

Measuring Pupil Progress is important as it is the clearest indicator of how much value a school adds to its pupils during their time in the Sixth Form.

Following GCSE results, a pupil’s expected A-level grades are determined. The actual grades achieved by pupils in their A-level exams at the end of the Upper Sixth are then compared to these initial expected grades, and the Pupil Progress is calculated as the difference between the two.

The Pupil Progress Score for Abbey Gate College was an outstanding 0.46, which effectively means that on average pupils achieved half a grade higher in their final A-level exams, than their initial predictions upon entering the Sixth Form.

A level students in 2016 at Abbey Gate College achieved the best results since 2011, with 69% obtaining a grade A* to B, a rise of 7.5% from 2015.

Amongst those celebrating the results were twins Tom and Catherine Reid, who obtained three A*s and two A* and one A respectively. The twins will both be attending Oxford University, Tom to read Mathematics and Catherine to read French and German.

Other notable successes were Henry Meadows obtaining A* and three As who will be attending Bath University from September, Douglas Connor-Webb achieving two A*s and an A to study Social Sciences at Durham University, Patrick Regan with one A* and three As going on to study Physics at Sheffield University, as well as Tom Gideonse who obtained one A* and two As who will be reading Mathematics at Bristol University.

Headmistress Mrs Tracy Pollard said: “We are delighted by the recent findings and the high pupil progress statistics. These results are a testament to the staff and are indicative of our high levels of teaching. Abbey Gate College is committed to identifying the strengths and areas of improvement of each child and nurturing them to enable them to reach their full academic and personal potential.”