Type of school or college
Academy Academies are state funded schools that are independent of local authorities. Academies are primarily all-ability schools and benefit from greater freedoms and flexibilities which help them to innovate and raise standards.
Academy Converter Mainstream Converter academies are schools that have become an academy in their own right, or as part of a trust with one or more schools
Academy Sponsor led Special School A special academy with a sponsor to provide support and to help to raise standards
City Technology College (CTC) City Technology College or City College for the Technology of the Arts, independent all-ability, non fee-paying school offering pupils the opportunity to study a curriculum geared, with the help of private sector sponsors, towards the world of work.
Community School Community Schools are maintained by the local authority (LA). The LA is the admissions authority i.e. it has main responsibility for deciding arrangements for admitting pupils.
Community Special School Community Special Schools are maintained by the LA, which are organised to make special educational provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
Foundation School Foundation Schools are maintained by the LA. May have a foundation (generally religious) that appoints some – but not most – of the governing body. The governing body is the admissions authority, ie. determines its own admission arrangements
Foundation Special School Foundation Special Schools are maintained by the LA, which are specifically organised to make special educational provision for pupils with Special Education Needs(SEN).
Free Schools Free Schools are all ability state funded schools set up in response to the need for pupil places; the need for an alternative to low quality local provision; local demand for new provision (including innovative and distinctive models). They have the same legal requirements as academies and enjoy the same freedoms and flexibilities.
Free School – University Technology College University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are technical academies commonly for 14 to 19 year olds. They have university and employer sponsors and combine practical and academic studies.
Free School – Studio School Studio Schools are innovative schools for 14-to 19-year-olds, backed by local businesses and employers. They focus on equipping young people with a wide range of employability skills and a core of academic qualifications, delivered in a practical and project-based way.
16-19 Free School 16-19 Free Schools enjoy the same freedoms as other free schools but are stand-alone education institutions for the education of 16 to 19 year-olds. They will often offer a specialised academic or vocational curriculum and can select students on GCSE grades or other criteria.
Further Education colleges Colleges in the Further Education sector are identified by their college type eg General Further Education College, Sixth Form College, Agriculture and Horticulture College etc.
Independent Registered independent school, normally charge fees
Independent Special School Independent school approved under the Education Act 1996 to take pupils who have statements of special educational needs.
MOD funded college College funded by the Ministry of Defence
Non-Maintained Special School Non- maintained special schools are approved by the Secretary of State under the Education Act 1996. They are specially organised to make special educational provision for pupils with special educational needs.
Special Academy Special Academies are Academies organised in such a way as to provide specific educational provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
Special Free School Special Free Schools enjoy the same freedoms as other free schools but are specifically organised to offer educational provision for pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND). They are designated for specific type(s) of SEN.
Voluntary Aided school Voluntary Aided schools are maintained by the LA, with a foundation (generally religious) that appoints most of the governing body. The governing body is the admissions authority
Voluntary Controlled school Voluntary Controlled schools are maintained by the LA, with a foundation (generally religious) which appoints some – but not most - of the governing body. The LA is the admissions authority.
Admissions basis for schools
Comprehensive Admits all pupils, usually regardless of their ability or aptitude; includes schools operating pupil ability banding admission arrangements.
Modern A school which, like a comprehensive, admits pupils of any ability. However, a secondary modern school will have grammar schools in its area which admit most local high ability pupils, so may have a lower ability intake than comprehensive schools which are not in grammar school areas
Selective Admits pupils wholly or mainly with reference to ability. These schools are formally designated as grammar schools.
Not Applicable Admits pupils regardless of ability or aptitude.
Admissions basis for colleges
Not collected/applicable Further Education colleges admit students regardless of ability or aptitude.
Abbreviations
A/AS A level and Advanced Subsidiary - qualifications available in general and applied subjects.
BTEC Business and Technology Education Council.
CLA Children looked after
EBacc English baccalaureate
FSM Free school meals
FTE Full-time equivalent - the headcount of full-time staff plus the proportion of the full-time hours worked by part-time teachers
GCSE General certificate of secondary education
KS1 Key stage 1. Schools submit teacher assessments of pupils’ levels in each subject, based on performance in various in-school tasks and tests. This is done at the end of the key stage 1 programme of study, normally in Year 2 when children are seven years old.
KS2 Key stage 2. Externally marked tests are taken at the end of the key stage 2 programme of study, normally in Year 6 when children are 11 years old. Children have to be assessed at working at level 3 or above to take the tests. The subjects covered in tests are reading; mathematics; and (from 2013) grammar, punctuation and spelling. , Results for writing are based on teacher assessment.
KS4 GCSEs and equivalent qualifications are taken at the end of the KS4 programme of study, normally in year 11 when children are sixteen years old.
KS5 These tables report the results of 16-18 year old students at the end of advanced level study, otherwise referred to as end of “Key Stage 5”.
LA Local Authority.
LOWCOV Low coverage - shown for the VA measure and coverage indicator where schools have less than 50% of pupils included in calculation of the measure.
NA Figures are either not available for the year in question, or the data field is not applicable to this school or college.
NE Not entered. The school or college has no students entered for the qualifications reported.
NP Not published - indicating independent schools, for which we do not calculate VA or progress measures, and non-maintained special schools for whom we do not calculate KS2 -KS4 progress measures.
NVQ National vocational qualifications at levels 1 and 2
SEN Special educational needs
SP Small percentage e.g. values < 0.5% but greater than 0
SUPP Information has been suppressed because the underlying numbers are too small.
URN Unique reference number – a school identifier
VA Value added
VRQ Vocationally related qualifications at levels 1 and 2
Feeder Feeder school or college for a sixth form centre or consortium.