Poole Secondary Schools setting the standards in the South West Region

Poole secondary schools are the second highest performing group of schools in the south west across four out of five Key Stage 4 attainment and progress measures, behind the Isles of Scilly. 

Provisional 2018 Key Stage 4 results published by the Department of Education (DfE) have assessed the performance of schools, looking at GCSE results and the progress made by secondary school students since leaving primary school. The outcomes for pupils in Poole secondary schools are the highest performing group of schools in the south west in four out of the five performance indicators used (discounting Isles of Scilly which has just one school).

The measures used were:

  • Attainment 8 measures a student’s average GCSE grade across eight subjects. Poole schools received an attainment score of 50.9, which is 6.6 points above the national average and 4.4 points above the south west average. This makes Poole the highest performing group of schools in the area. Poole was ranked 18th out of 152 local authorities in England
  • Progress 8 measures how well students have progressed since leaving primary school. Poole schools had a positive progress score of +0.29 and were the highest performing group of schools in the South West. They were ranked 19th nationally
  • Percentage of pupils achieving 9-5 pass in English and mathematics
  • Poole’s schools were ranked 13th nationally with 54 percent of pupils achieving good GCSE passes (9-5) in both English and mathematics.  This was above the national average by 14.1 percentage points and 11.1 higher than the South West average, making them the best performing group in the region
  • Percentage of students taking the English Baccalaureate


39.8% of pupils in Poole schools took the English Baccalaureate. This was 4.7 percentage points above the national average and 4.1 percentage points above the South West average.  Poole is ranked 66th nationally in this measure and 6th in the South West.

  • English Baccalaureate (EBacc) Average Point Score (APS)


From 2018 the DfE will be using the EBacc APS measure as a headline attainment measure.  Poole schools were again the highest performing group in the South West with an average point score of 4.48.  This ranks Poole 23rd nationally, 0.65 points above the national average and 0.43 points above the South West average.

Councillor Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children, Families and Capital Projects, Borough of Poole, said:

“I would like to congratulate all our schools and all the staff who work in them – it’s fantastic that Poole is leading the way in the south west. All credit to our young people and to their teachers who have worked hard at school and achieved such good results in their GCSE’s.”

Paul Gray, Head of Poole High School said:

“I share the view with all Poole secondary school headteachers that Poole is one of the best areas in the country to give children the best start in life. Contrary to national trends, Poole schools continue to recruit and retain high quality graduates to support successful futures for the young people in our care.”

For further information, please see the Department of Education’s GCSE and equivalent results 2017 - 2018 provisional

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