Introduction

The 16-18 school and college performance tables provide information on the achievement of students of sixth form age in local secondary schools and further education sector colleges. They also show how these results compare with other schools and colleges in a local authority area and in England as a whole. Information on school finance, school workforce and Ofsted inspections is also available.

If you are a new user of the performance tables, please refer to How to use the website for guidance.

In addition, the website contains download data showing the information underlying the 2015 16-18 performance tables in a spreadsheet format. Download data is also available for individual A level and other advanced level qualification results at subject level for each school and college. This information can be found here.

About exams and qualifications

The qualifications reported in the 16-18 performance tables cover all advanced (level 3) qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000. They include A levels and other advanced academic and vocational qualifications approved for teaching to 16-18 year olds in England. Examination results in these qualifications cover achievements of students in the 2013/14 or 2014/15 academic year.

More information can be found in the Exam results section.

Content of the 16-18 performance tables

For each school or college the website reports a range of information summarised below. Performance measures are reported separately for A levels, academic and vocational qualifications where available.

  • Background including name, address and telephone number
  • Average point score per examination entry as a score and as a grade
  • Proportion of students achieving one, two or three ‘substantial’ qualifications which are defined as qualifications of A level size
  • Pupil progress in terms of level 3 value added measures
  • Proportion of students achieving grades AAB at A level in at least two facilitating subjects
  • Information on schools’ income and expenditure for the financial year 2014-2015 (not available for colleges)
  • Statistics relating to teachers and school workforce (not available for colleges)
  • Most recent Ofsted inspection grades for schools and colleges

More information about the performance measures can be found in the Exam Results section.

Policy Changes

In 2015, there are no changes to the attainment data in 16-18 performance tables. However, there is a minor change for level 3 value added scores. The aggregate A level measure now includes results for AS levels and Applied AS levels (as well as combined and double GCE awards) for consistency with other performance tables measures.

Future policy changes in 2016 will be significant. Currently 16-18 performance is measured solely in terms of attainment and progress in academic and vocational qualifications. Student achievements below level 3 and work-based learning are not reported, nor are performance of institutions other than schools and colleges, such as training providers. From 2016 however, a more comprehensive view of institution performance will be accessible, including different aspects of achievement aside from attainment and progress. The key headline measures will focus on progress, attainment, English and maths progress, student retention rates and destinations.

More information about the reforms can be found under Methodology and technical guides section under future policy changes.

How to interpret the 16-18 school and college performance measures

The performance tables publish a wide range of measures, covering many different aspects of school and college performance. However, not all aspects are reported. For example, colleges often provide for a wider range of student needs, including adult provision, which is not captured in the 16-18 performance tables.

Performance may also be affected by a number of factors such as the prior attainment and socio-economic background of the intake, the size and type of provider, teaching quality and governance. As such, the information presented on this website should be considered alongside contextual information and other important sources such as Ofsted reports.

Please refer to the “How to interpret school performance measures” section for more information.

Key users

The 16-18 school and college performance measures are used by a wide range of users. Parents and students often look at the 16-18 performance measures and other information to help them choose a school or college or, for parents, to help them understand the performance of the institution their son/daughter is attending.

The government uses the performance measures to monitor the overall attainment of students and schools and colleges in England. The Department for Education also applies ‘minimum expected standards’ to identify schools and colleges where intervention is needed to bring up standards to an acceptable level.

The Key Stage 5 interim minimum standards for schools and colleges are that

  • at least 45% of students achieve an average point score per entry in vocational qualifications of 194 points
  • at least 45% of students achieve an average point score per entry in academic qualifications of 172 points

More information on the interim minimum standards can be found in the interim Key Stage 5 minimum standards.

More information on how other users use the performance tables can be found in the Key users section.

Other resources

The national results for the overall achievements of students in A level and other level 3 qualifications are published in a separate Statistical First Release. For more information please see statistical releases relating to A level and other level 3 results.

Other sources of useful information include Ofsted inspection reports and school performance in devolved administrations, please follow the link.

Schools and colleges are responsible for securing independent careers guidance – so should be able to signpost their students to sources of support such as local providers and job fairs to assist them when considering their post-16 options. Young people can also contact the National Careers Service for professional advice via telephone on 0800 100 900 and webchat here.