Results 2020: National Context

The Government has announced that it will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020. This published update clarifies what this means for the way school and college accountability will operate for 2019/20.

High Attainment

At Brannel we deliver a full and rich curriculum, demonstrating real strengths across Science, Maths, the Arts, Technology, Modern Foreign Languages and PE. Our academic progress trend continues to rise. Students at Brannel consistently perform above the national average. We can boast outstanding results in many key subject areas. Our EBACC element for High Prior Attainers is in the top 20% nationally.

In 2020, our Separate Science and Combined Science GCSE grades were all above national at the highest grades (7-9), with 5% of all grades being 9s or equivalent.  We also achieved above national for the highest grades (7-9) in Maths, Computing, History, Drama, and PE. GCSE grades in Art and Photography were above national for grades 8-9. This puts the performance of our students who achieved the highest grades above national, with our Science results being in the top 5% nationally for progress.

Our 2020 Results Headlines

Students achieving a good pass (Grade 5 or above) in both English and Maths       29%
Students achieving a standard pass (Grade 4 or above) in both English and Maths    56%

Progress 8           +0.33

Subject Highlights

Vocational Achieving a Level 2 Pass or above:
Child Development     83%
Music                          89%
Hospitality & catering  90%
Construction                78%

GCSE Achieving Grade 5 and above:
Biology                 88% with 38% achieving grade 7 and above
Chemistry           83% with 33% achieving grade 7 and above
Drama                   64% with 20% achieving grade 7 and above
Photography      75% with 29% achieving grade 7 and above
Physics                 75% with 42% achieving grade 7 and above

GCSE Grades Explained

When the GCSE grading system had an overhaul in 2017, it changed grades from letters to numbers. GCSE qualifications are now awarded on a grade scale of 9 (the highest grade) to 1 (the lowest).

  • Grades 9, 8 and 7 correspond to the old-style top grades of A* and A.
  • Grades 5 and 4 range from B to C.
  • Grades 3, 2 and 1 range from D to G.
  • As before, a U means ungraded.

The definition of a pass has become more complicated. A grade 4 is considered a standard pass; a grade 5 is a strong pass.

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