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School Performance and Examination Results

Excellent results 2017

GCSE Results
In summer 2017, our students once again celebrated superb GCSE results., with a fabulous number of Level 7/8/9, A*/A and Distinction*/ Distinction grades achieved (over 300), with 54% of students celebrating at least one top grade. 

In results that improved on the national average, 83% of students passed English and 78% passed Maths. The English results for 2017 were 15% higher than the national average, whilst Maths was not only a remarkable 18% higher than the national average but also 4% higher than the average for Cheshire East!

74% of Congleton High students gained a standard pass or above in both subjects - a significant difference of 10.7% higher than the national average and 3.7% above the Cheshire East average.

These grades will enable students to progress on to a wide variety of exciting education, training and employment opportunities. Our own Post-16 provision has again seen many CHS students returning to enrol on the unrivalled range of academic and vocational courses.

English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
10% of CHS students secured the relevant qualifications to achieve the English Baccalaureate, which is a performance measure for schools. To achieve the EBacc, a student must achieve a Level 5 or higher in both English and Mathematics and a Grade C  or higher in two Sciences, a Humanities subject (Geography or History) and a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish). 11% achieved the Ebacc with a Standard Pass (Level 4 or higher). (16% of our students opted to take the relevant subjects to enter the English Baccalaureate.)

Attainment 8
Schools are also scored on how well students have performed in up to eight qualifications, which include English, Maths, three EBacc qualifications including sciences, Computer Studies, History, Geography and languages and three other additional approved qualifications. CHS scored 48.2 points for 2017, which was 3.6 points higher than the national average of 44.6.


Key Stage 4 Results








% Achieving Level 4 or above in English and Maths - - - - 61% 64% 74%
% Achieving English Baccalaureate with high pass (Level 5+) 14% 14% 29% 24% (24) 13% 32% 10%
Attainment 8 Score (introduced 2016) - - - - - 53.15 48.2
Progress 8 Score (introduced 2016) - - - - - 0.01 -0.13

* Please note - Italicised figure in 2014 is the League Table figure, which differs from the actual figure because:

  • CHS students sat GCSE Maths and English in November 2013 and again in summer 2014 but only the result of the first exam was taken into account by the league tables

  • The league tables only counted two non GCSE courses as part of the five GCSEs achieved i.e. BTEC etc.

A Level Results
Congleton High School again celebrated excellent Sixth Form results in the summer of 2017, with students performing exceptionally well in both academic and vocational subjects. Superb pass rates and a record number of A*/A and Distinction*/Distinction grades were achieved across the wide range of subjects offered. Present figures indicate a fantastic 98% A*-E pass rate, a 41% A*-B pass rate and a 21% A*/A pass rate with results showing forty two A*/A grades.

Congleton High continues to place a high priority on supporting academic and vocational pathways equally so are delighted that both have attracted such impressive results. Vocational results particularly stand out this year, with marked success seen in ICT, PE and Public Services BTEC courses, with fifteen out of eighteen, seven out of eight and twenty-two out of twenty-three respectively securing top Distinction*/Distinction grades.

Many students gained places at the top Russell Group universities to continue their education, whilst others have gone on to successfully gain apprenticeships and other work opportunities.

16-19 (Key Stage 5) Results

Progress Students have made in English 0.45
Progress Students have made in Maths 0.6
Progress Made Compared with others Across England -0.08 (Average)
Average Grade Attained at 16-19 Study C (28.99 points)
Student 'Retention' - % of Students Reaching the End of Their Course 97.3
Student 'Destinations' - % of Students who Continue in Education, Begin Training or Move into Employment 89


For a detailed breakdown of our examination results, please download the documents using the links on the top right of this page or view the School Performance Tables published by the Secretary of State for Education on the Department for Education's website.


  • ‘The leadership team balance ambition for excellence with support.’ Ofsted 2018
  • ‘Leaders and teachers now have high expectations for all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged.’ Ofsted 2018
  • '[The] assessment system supports teachers to increase the level of challenge, which helps to prepare pupils for the increased rigour of the GCSE examinations.' Ofsted 2018