Academic Success

2015/2016 was another particularly successful year for Excelsior which ended once again with our best ever GCSE and A level results.

Our GCSE and A level success has improved year on year since we opened in September 2008.

2016 GCSE Results were again, our best ever. Excelsior continues to deliver very positive outcomes in terms of individual pupil progress.

The percentage of pupils achieving A* – C for English was 62 %, an improvement of 40 percentage points from 2009 and an improvement of 10 percentage points from 2015. This is a particularly remarkable achievement as English is not the first language for around 50% of the cohort.

82% of Excelsior pupils achieved expected progress in English (3+ levels), which is 7 percentage points above last year and an improvement of 56 percentage points from 26% in 2009.

40% of Excelsior pupils made 4+ levels of progress in English, which is better than expected progress, and a considerable improvement on previous years.

The percentage of all pupils achieving A* – C in Mathematics was 63%, slightly below last year. However, it is notable that 73% of pupils made 3+ levels of progress which is 5% higher than last year and 58% higher than was achieved when we first opened in 2009.

31% of pupils made 4+ levels of progress in Maths, which is again much higher than last year – 9% points above last year’s performance and above the published provisional national average 2015. The expected progress for Mathematics was also above the provisional national average. The attainment on entry for these pupils when they were 11 years old was well below national average.

In term of the new (as yet unvalidated) Progress 8 measure the Excelsior cohort achieved a very impressive +0.6, which is amongst the highest scores in the City. The Value added scores are also very high, for example – Capped 8 + English and Maths Value-Added Score is 1045, which is way above local and national averages and a significant improvement on last year’s performance.

50% of Excelsior pupils achieved and A* to C grade in both Maths and English – the new basics performance measure.

Almost 100% of the pupils achieved at least one qualification.

Although no longer an official accountability measure, it is notable that the percentage of pupils who achieved 5 A* to C grades including Maths and English has also increased – continuing the year on year improvement trend. More detailed analysis of this measure, looking at pupils of low, medium and high ability (based on prior attainment data) demonstrates even more profoundly the effectiveness of our work.

A*/ A / B  grades were achieved by pupils in a wide range of subjects. –  including English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Core and Additional Science, Art, Geography, history and Spanish.

There is no gap between the expected progress and the attainment of those pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium and other pupils.

The pass rate for Academic A levels was 97% and for Vocational A levels 100%.

All AS, A level and Vocational results in 2016 have a Value Added score in-line with or above national figures.

Targets set against national measures for prior attainment in Academic A Levels, in Vocational A levels and overall were all exceeded.

A levels or Vocational Equivalent A Levels at the highest grades were achieved  by students in a wide range of subjects – Mathematics,  Chemistry, Biology, Physics,  Geography, Spanish, Fine Art, Art, Graphics, Textiles, Photography, Business, Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Engineering and  Travel and Tourism.

The total number of pupils/students in education/employment are as follows:

Year 11 – total pupils 171, 6 are NEET = 96.5% in education/employment

Year 12 – total pupils 94, 1 is NEET = 98.9% in education/employment

Year 13 – total pupils 97, 4 are NEET = 95.9% in education/employment

Year 14 – total pupils 7, 0 NEET = 100% in education/employment

Record numbers of students have gained places at University with almost all to their first choice. Our students are going on to study for degrees in subjects such as Medicine, Law, Psychology and Teaching at Universities in Durham, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Sunderland and Northumbria. In addition we have improved our support and monitoring of student destinations, and have secured progression routes for all including over 40% of students moving into employment, training or apprenticeships.


Progress in English and Maths Resit:

Subject Excelsior National Average
English +0.058 -0.100
Maths +0.080 -0.127


Level Three Progress:

Qualification Type Excelsior National Average LA comparison
Applied General +0.48 Above national Rated 3rd out of 25 Newcastle Schools
A Level (Academic) +0.23 In line with National Average Rated 2nd out of 25 Newcastle Schools


Average Grade:

Qualification Type Excelsior National Average LA  Average Comparison
Applied General Distinction 36.36 Distinction34.69 Distinction –33.31
A Level D+23.65 C+31.79 C-28.19


Average Points Score on Entry:

APS on entry Excelsior National
Academic 38.9 46.2
Applied General 37.5 40.0


Year 13 Destinations 2015/2016:

University 26%
Rolls Royce 12%
Excelsior College 16%
Apprenticeship 7%
Newcastle College 10%
Employment 20%
Traineeship 2%
Possible NEET 3%
Moved out of area 4%


Contextualised Statistics:

Disadvantaged 67.2%
SEN 18.8%
EAL 47.6%


Rainbird Primary, which opened for Reception and Year 1 pupils only in 2013 has developed rapidly and now has pupils in every year group from Nursery to Year 6.

In 2016, 88% of Reception pupils achieved the Good Level of Development Measure – which is significantly above the target of 66%. It is also an improvement from last year and on NA.

In Year 1 – 83% of pupils passed the Phonics Screening Test, which is also above target, and an improvement of 28 percentage points on last year.

In Year 2- 64% of pupils are working at expected standards in both reading and maths. 57% of pupils are working at expected standards in writing. It is significant that only 57% of this cohort have any foundation stage data. The progress for this cohort is at least good and sometimes outstanding. Targets were exceeded in reading writing and maths.

Academic standards continue to improve each year across the age and ability range due largely to our relentless pursuit of the highest quality of teaching and learning and a rigorous focus on individual pupil progress.

A very important factor has also been the dramatic and sustained improvement in attendance which has risen by over 10 percentage points since 2009, and is now regularly at or above national figures.


Updated:  2 March 2017

Performance Tables

You can access the Excelsior Academy performance tables via the Department for Education website here.