2017 A Level results
Against a background of new specifications in many subjects, with increased content, greater challenge and a different style of examination papers themselves, we are delighted that our Year 13 students have achieved a most impressive set of results.
Overall, 73.7% of the grades awarded were at A*, A or B.
Over 45% of grades awarded were A* or A - this is the highest level since 2012.
There were a number of particularly impressive performances seven students who gained a 'clean sweep' of A* grades across all their subjects.
Nine students gained two A* grades and an A grade, and a further 18 gained one A* and two A grades.
Overall, the results have enabled the great majority of students to gain places at their first or second choice universities, with a very large number gaining places at Russell Group institutions.
A summary of the A Level results by subject can be downloaded from the link at the foot of this page.
What value do we add?
Gaining good grades at A Level is very important - the grades are the key to 'opening doors' in terms of accessing higher education courses. However, students completing A Level programmes have come from very different backgrounds in terms of their prior achievement at GCSE. Some students have almost all A* grades; others may have a consistent set of B grades across their subjects. What is important is the value we have added based on their starting points - how well have Langley Grammar School students done compared to others with similar academic backgrounds?
We measure the value added using a system called ALPS - A Level Performance System. Essentially this is a large database of A-Level results drawn from over 1500 schools and colleges and covering 75% of students taking A Levels. The Alps system provides us with a number of indicators which can help us analyse how our students have performed.
Each Alps indicator has a benchmark 'thermometer'. The thermometer is created by taking scores achieved by every school and college and ranking these from best (top) to worst (bottom). The numbers running down the centre of the thermometers show the Alps grades running from 1 (best) to 9 (worst).
An overall Alps 'T Score' of grade 5 means students do no better or worse than they would do in any other school - they perform 'as expected' for their ability. For many years we have consistently perform at Alps grade 3 'Excellent', scoring between the 75th and 89th percentile.
This has placed Langley Grammar School consistently in the top 25% of schools and colleges for value added, meaning that students perform better than the average for their academic background. This doesn't just happen - it is the result of good teaching and excellent support for the students during their time in the Sixth Form.
In 2017 we were delighted to be awarded ALPS Grade 2, placing Langley Grammar School in the top 10% of schools and colleges nationally for the value added in the Sixth Form.
The Department for Education requires us to publish particular information regarding A Level outcomes. Please read the explanatory notes carefully.
|Average grade achieved||DfE measure of progress made||Retention||Progress in English and Maths||Students continuing in education and training|
|See Note 1||See Note 2||See Note 3||See Note 4||See Note 5|
|2017||B (40.2 pts)||+0.13||Tbc Mar 2018||None eligible||92% (2015 cohort)|
|2016||B (38.7 pts)||+0.07||99.5%||None eligible||92% (2014 cohort)|
Note 1 - Average grade achieved
These figures tell you the average grade and average points that students achieved per A level entry. Each grade has a points value to all qualifications based on the following equivalence:
A* = 60, A = 50, B = 40, C = 30, D = 20, E = 10
The information provided here is taken from the DfE Performance tables.
Note 2 - Progress
This figure tells you how much progress students made between the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11) and the end of their A level studies, compared to students across England who gained similar GCSE results.
The scores are calculated by comparing the A-level results of students at this school or college with the A level results of students in schools and colleges across England who started with similar GCSE results at the end of Year 11.
A score above zero means students made more progress, on average, than students across England who got similar results at the end of Year 11. Langley Grammar School's Sixth Form students have well above average GCSE profiles, and go on to achieve A-Level grades which are above the average for those of other students of similar ability.
In 2017, Langley Grammar School's progress measure of +0.13 was in the 'above average' category - the highest figure and the only secondary school in Slough to be rated in this band.
Comparative information about progress in Slough schools can be found through the following link:
Note 3 - Retention
As the participation age has been increased to 18, it is increasingly important that all young people are given suitable education and training opportunities that they see through to completion. The retention measure shows the percentage of students who get to the end of the post-16 programme of study that they enrolled on. Almost all Langley Grammar school students complete their two-year A-Level programme; where there are occasional exceptions, these are inevitably due to particular special circumstances.
Note 4 - Progress in English and maths
We are required to publish the progress of students in English and maths where they did not achieve at least a grade C at GCSE by the end of Year 11. The admissions criteria for entry into Langley Grammar School's Sixth Form require students to have achieved a GCSE grade C in both English and maths; students will therefore only fall into this category in exceptional circumstances. In 2017, all students in Year 13 at Langley Grammar School had achieved grade C or above in both English and maths at the end of Year 11.
Note 5 - Students continuing in education and training
Destination measures show the percentage of Sixth Form students going to or remaining in an education and/or employment destination after they leave the school. The Department for Education tracks students after they leave school through a variety of different data sets, but it takes some time for this data to be collated.
The most recent data reports on students in the 2014/15 academic year and identifies their education and/or employment destinations between October 2015 and March 2016. To be included in the measure, young people had to complete the first two terms of the academic year at one or more education destinations, or be in employment for 5 of the 6 months.
The great majority of Langley Grammar school students go on to higher education courses as reputable universities. A small number move into direct employment or higher level apprenticeships. Some students will take a gap year in order to reapply to university, and may spend that year travelling or working overseas - such activity would not be included in the measure.