Top attainment at Key Stage 4

Our third cohort of students took their GCSE exams this summer; 89% achieved five or more A* – C grades with 82% achieving five or more A* – C grades incl. English and maths.

In addition to the headline figure of five good GCSE grades, 53% of students also achieved the English Baccalaureate (an arguably more rigorous measure of exam results with students obtaining an A*- C grade in English, maths, science, geography or history and a modern foreign language).

Our top attainers also excelled this year with a number of students achieving straight A*/A grades; 42% of students achieved at least three A*/A grades.

GCSE results comparison 2015

Percentage of students achieving five or more A*- C grades incl. English and maths
compared with local and national averages for 2014 and 2015.

Whole school (2016)

  • 89% achieved five or more A* – C grades
  • 82% achieved five or more A* – C grades incl. English and maths
  • 53% achieved the English Baccalaureate
  • 42% achieved three or more A*/A grades
  • 95% achieved at least one A*/A grade
  • 31% overall A*/A grade

By subject (2016)

  • 100% A* – C grades in art (2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • 100% A* – C grades in Biology and Physics (2015 and 2016)
  • 100% A* – C grades in Further Maths (2015 and 2016)
  • 100% A* – C grades in Resistant Materials (2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • 100% A* – C grades in Business Studies (2014, 2015 and 2016)

Top mixed comprehensive in the country for pupil progress

In January 2015, The City Academy, Hackney took first place nationally for pupil progress and Value Added* in the Department for Education’s school performance tables. “At the end of the day it’s all about student progress, ensuring every student makes outstanding progress and achieves their very best,” says Principal, Mark Emmerson.

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* Second including faith schools.

Key Stage 4 attainment and progress data

Student attainment and progress 2014 2015 2016 National
Five or more A*-C grades 91% 87% 89% -
Five or more A*-C grades incl. English and maths 81% 73% 82% 56%
English Baccalaureate 65% 49% 53% 24%
Students making expected progress 93% - - -
Students making expected progress in English 97% - - 71%
Students making expected progress in maths 92% - - 65%

For more information and data regarding the attainment and progress of our students, please refer to the Department for Education’s performance tables released each January for the previous academic year.