Secondary School League Tables: Key

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The average point score at GCSE is arrived at by giving recognition to all qualifications gained by a pupil. An intermediate GNVQ is awarded four times as many points as an A* to C grade pass at GCSE.

The value added score is arrived at by predicting what pupils should achieve at 16 when they arrive at the school at age 11. If ­ on average ­ pupils improve upon their predicted performance, the school will be awarded a score of more than 1,000. If they slip back, it will get less than 1,000.

The average point score for A-level again takes account of all qualifications gained by pupils ­ including key skills. The majority of the weighting is for A-levels though with 120 points for an A grade, 100 for a B, 80 for a C, 60 for a D, 40 for an E. An AS-level is worth half an A-level.

Symbols used in tables

& Absence figure of less than 0.05% but more than 0%.

? No absence return received.

@ Absence return not required.

- Not published in year in question.

_ No entries in year in question.

# School's value added measure suppressed because less than half the pupils have been there from the age of 11.

; Independent school opting out of value added.

! New institution ­ information not applicable.

In addition the abbreviations used to describe the schools are: AC=academy, CY=community school, VA=voluntary aided, VC=voluntary controlled, FD=foundation school, CTC=City Technology College, IND=Independent.

The following abbreviations show type of specialist school: A=Arts, B=Business and Enterprise, E=Engineering, L=Languages, M=Mathematics and Computing, S=Sport, Sc=Science, T=Technology, H=Humanities, Mu=Music.