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Redborne Upper School

Redborne Upper School

& Community College

Exam Results

This year’s results have given us much to celebrate. In a year when many schools found their results dipping back in line with 2019, we have stayed above our pre-pandemic numbers.  They are results that show that we are continuing on an upward trend in terms of our quality of teaching while still managing to put student welfare at the top of our agenda.  Overall numbers in English and Maths compared to National data are impressive given the size of our cohorts and there are some individual student stories that are enormously pleasing, including some students who are amongst the top achievers in the country.

But it isn’t just about the top achievers - we also take pride in progressing students as far as they can go, regardless of their starting point.  Many students have made phenomenal progress against their target grades and this is a key measure for us as we want every child to achieve their potential. Obviously, academic outcomes are merely one measure of a school’s success and we are, as ever, immensely proud of each and every one of our students, not just for their academic success but also, for the people they have become whilst on their Redborne journey.

School performance tables can be found at:

Key Stage 4 (End of year 11)

  • Progress 8 score of +0.1.
  • Attainment 8 score of 48
  • Grade 4+ in English and Maths: 72%
  • Grade 5+ in English and Maths: 51%

Key Stage 5 (End of year 13)

A Level

  • Average Grade C


  • Average grade: Distinction +


  • Average grade: Distinction *

Destinations (2020 leavers)

  •  95% of students who finished KS4 stayed in education or employment for at least 2 terms after leaving.  This is above the local and national rate.
  • 92% of students who finished KS5 stayed in education or employment compared to the national rate of just 79%.

Performance For 2019-2020 

A Level Successes

  • 100% pass rate at A level
  • APS at 35.7 an increase of 4.1 over last year
  • APS for technical subjects remains over 40
  • Average grade awarded B- (last year C+)
  • Value added score of 0.20 (benchmarked against 2019)
  • In Applied and Technical qualifications the average grade was Di and Di* respectively
  • 33 students (16% of the cohort) achieved three or more subjects at grade A
  • 8 students achieved three or more subjects at A*
  • 60% of entries are graded at A*-B
  • 8 students have been successful in their applications to Oxbridge or to study medicine
  • 99% of students who applied for an FE course have been accepted on to preferred courses or were offered choice
  • Over 90% of the cohort are now following a course at an institute of FE

GCSE successes

  • 74.7% of students achieved a grade 4+ in En/Ma compared to 72% last year
  • 51.4% of students achieved a grade 5+ in En/Ma compared to 45% last year
  • 82.4% of students achieved a grade 4+ in maths compared to 81% last year
  • 80.3% of students achieved a grade 4+ in English compared to 78% last year
  • Estimate progress 8 score of +0.15 compared to -0.14 last year
  • Maths results were again much improved on previous years with a progress 8 score of 0.35
  • English results showed a strong improvement in progress 8 of 0.16 compared to last year
  • Attainment 8 score of 50.3 is above last year's of 47
  • Ebacc APS of 4.23 remains strong (3.99 last year), despite our intent to offer a broad curriculum and not restrict student choice
  • Four students achieved an overall points score of 78+ (where 81+ is the equivalent of 9 subjects at grade 9)
  • Four students achieved an average progress 8 score of +2.6
  • Fourteen students achieved the top grades (9 or Distinction*) in five subjects
  • Two students achieved top grades in all 9 subjects
  • 47 students achieved 7 or more passes at grade 7
  • Over 200 students achieved a grade 7 in at least one subject, over half the year group
  • Eleven students achieved 20+ grades above indicator
  • A further 43 students were 10 or more grades above indicator
  • Provision on the farm allows students to achieve nationally recognised qualifications that give students the skills and knowledge to progress.  These qualifications are not included in any progress 8 figures but typically achieve over three grades better than their other subjects
  • The figures open slot (and therefore overall figure) remain significantly impacted by offering courses that are appropriate, see curriculum intent, but not included in DfE calculations
  • Our SEN support students significantly closed the gap in terms of progress, from a P8 gap in 2019 of 0.7 to 0.5 in 2020
  • In English, the gap has closed from around 1 in 2019 to 0.66 in 2020, and in maths from 0.5 in 2019 to 0.2 in 2020
  • Attainment and progress of disadvantaged students appears low, but in part this is because of our curriculum model - if an all-subjects calculation is used, the progress of disadvantaged students goes up by 0.10

Performance Tables for 2018-2019


Progress 8 score: -0.14
Percentage of pupils entering the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): 30%
Pupil destinations - percentage of students staying in education or employment after key stage 4: 96%
Attainment in English and maths - percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 or above in GCSE English and maths: 45%
Attainment 8 score: 47.0



A Level VA: -0.26
Academic VA (including A level): -0.23
Applied General VA: 0.29
Technical Completion and Attainment: 0.57
A Level: 31.59 (C)
Academic (including A level): 31.91 (C+)
Applied General: 31.31 (Distinction-)
Technical: 40.69 (Distinction)
English and mathematics progress: Supressed due to low numbers
A Level: 89.9%
Academic (including A level): 89.9%
Applied General: 94.3%
Technical: 95%
Destinations: 92%

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Flitwick Road, Ampthill,
MK45 2NU

01525 404462