Progress 8

2019-06-20 - Website Page Headers - P8

If you would like an introduction to Progress 8, please click on the page entitled Video: Progress 8 Explained in the navigation bar to the left of this page.

Progress 8 is the main performance measure used by Government as a measure of the progress children make between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school. It is designed to encourage good quality teaching across a broad curriculum.

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are based on students' performance in eight qualifications. These are English and Maths, up to three subjects from the Ebacc list, and students' three highest scores from a range of other qualifications, including GCSEs and approved non-GCSEs. English and Maths are given double weighting to reflect their importance.

The raw point score from these eight qualifications is average to give the school's Attainment 8 score. On this basis, one would expect it to be higher in schools that have more academically able students, such as grammar schools.


Image: Magna students, 2016

The Progress 8 score is calculated by comparing each student's Attainment 8 score to those nationally of other students who had the same KS2 SATs results. This is designed to measure how much progress each student has made from Year 6 to Year 11. In theory, all schools have an equal chance of getting a high Progress 8 score.

A school's Progress 8 score is usually between -1 and +1. A score of +1 means that students in that school achieve one grade higher in each qualification than other similar students nationally. A score of -1 means they achieve one grade lower.

A score of 0.1 would mean that a student has, on average - across the eight subjects, one subject that is a grade higher than expected. A score of 1.0 therefore means that students have on average achieved a grade higher than national expectations across all subjects.

Magna Academy’s 2017/2018 Progress 8 score was +1.15.

This score ranked Magna at =24th in the table for England's over 3000 state funded schools and the top school in the South West. Magna Academy was within the Top 1% of schools nationally for the progress that our studens make.

Magna Academy was judged to be outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in both June 2015 and December 2018, who commented that ‘students make exceptional progress’ and ‘students are really proud to be members of the Academy.’

Key Stage 4 results for the past three academic years are set out below:

  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
  Magna National Magna National Magna National
Progress 8 score +0.52 -0.03 +0.40 -0.03 +1.15 -0.02
Attainment 8 score 50.9 49.9 48.2 46.3 51.7 46.5
Mathematics and English            
Both Subjects: 4 and above 62% 63% 55% 64% 64% 64%
Both Subjects: 5 and above - - 40% 43% 49% 43%
Ebacc Subjects            
Percentage of Students Entering Ebacc 28% 40% 17% 38% 22% 38%
Students achieving Ebacc:  4 and above 10% 30% 16% 28% 19% 34%
Students achieving Ebacc:  5 and above - - 16% 25% 11% 17%
Percentage of students staying in education after Y-11 93% 94% 90% 94% 95% 94%