School Performance

Cwmtawe Community School has maintained consistently high performance over the last ten years. It is widely recognised as one of the highest performing schools in Wales.

In 2016,

Welsh Government Assessment

Welsh Government has assessed school performance in two different ways over the past six years. School Banding was used from 2011 to 2013. This was replaced by School Categorisation in 2014.

Banding

Between 2011 and 2013, Welsh Government grouped schools into five distinct bands based on their overall performance. Band 1 designated the highest performing, whilst Band 5 designated the lowest performing.

Cwmtawe’s banding for each of the years of operation is shown below.

2011

Band 1

2012

Band 1

2013

Band 1

School Categorisation

From 2014, Welsh Government changed the method of assessing performance and providing support for schools. The highest category is ‘Green’, followed by ‘Yellow’, ‘Amber’ and ‘Red’.

Cwmtawe’s support category for each of the years categorisation has been in operation is shown below.

2014

Green

2015

Green

2016

Green

To find out more about School Categorisation, please see the Parent’s Guide to School Categorisation which can be downloaded from Welsh Government’s website.

Comparative Data

Parents who wish to compare Cwmtawe’s school performance with that of other schools may wish to consult Welsh Government’s website My Local School.

GCSE Results

Over the last ten years, our pupils have excelled and the school has consistently performed within the top quarter of similar schools on most key performance indicators. Our main ‘headline’ performance statistics are illustrated below.

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Level 2 threshold
(5 or more A*-C)

93%

95%

99%

99%

98%

96%

Level 1 threshold
(5 or more A*-G)

98%

99%

99%

99%

99%

99%

Level 2 threshold inc Eng/Ma

54%

60%

68%

66%

67%

66%

Pupils achieving 1 or more A*-G

98%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

English Level 2
(A*-C)

68%

68%

76%

75%

77%

74%

Maths Level 2
(A*-C)

61%

69%

75%

71%

73%

72%

Science Level 2
(A*-C)

79%

72%

72%

96%

94%

85%

Core Subject Indicator (CSI)

53%

59%

63%

66%

66%

65%

Average Point Score

506

504

546

559

565

538

Capped Point Score

358

361

371

369

374

368

Pupils leaving with no recognised qualifications

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

Performance Compared with Expectations

Every year, our Year 11 pupils achieve above expectations, known as ‘modelled outcomes’. The table below illustrates how pupils have performed above expectations in achieving the level 2 threshold (5 or more A*-C) including English and mathematics. If pupils performed in line with expectations, each value would be zero.

2010 / 2011

2011 / 2012

2012 / 2013

2013 / 2014

2014 / 2015

2015 / 2016

+7.2

+11.2

+17.3

+11.9

+9.1

+4.6

Over the past five years, our pupils have achieved an average of 10.8 percentage points above expectations on the level 2 threshold including English and mathematics.

A pupil’s Capped Point Score is their best 8 GCSEs achieved. Each GCSE grade is assigned a score, so the higher the grades a pupil achieves, the higher their Capped Point Score will be. The table below illustrates how pupils have performed above expectations. Again, if pupils achieved in line with expectations, the value would be zero.

2010 / 2011

2011 / 2012

2012 / 2013

2013 / 2014

2014 / 2015

2015 / 2016

+41.4

+38.2

+32.1

+20.7

+21.6

+13.9

Over the past five years, our pupils have achieved an average of 25.3 points above expectations.

Value Added

As a school, we are more interested in ensuring all pupils reach their potential rather than raw statistics and measures. Value added is a better indicator of this. The term ‘value added’ is used to describe the progress pupils make over time and will measure how well pupils perform above and beyond the levels expected of them.

We use Welsh Government, CEM Yellis and Fisher Family Trust data to measure the progress pupils make in individual subject areas. Overall, pupils in nearly all subject areas achieve well above the levels achieved in other similar schools. In fact, CEM Yellis report that, on average, pupils achieve nearly one grade better in each GCSE at Cwmtawe than they would in another similar school.

Key Stage 3 Results

Our pupils perform well in their key stage 3 assessments. Our key stage 3 curriculum provides a firm grounding for pupils’ GCSE studies and these assessments give an indication of progress along the way.

Our pupils’ performance at key stage 3 over the past five years is shown in the table below.

Core

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

English

Sch

81%

83%

85%

90%

90%

LA

76%

79%

81%

84%

84%

Nat

79%

83%

83%

88%

89%

Maths

Sch

79%

84%

85%

91%

92%

LA

77%

79%

80%

83%

83%

Nat

81%

84%

84%

89%

90%

Science

Sch

85%

92%

93%

98%

97%

LA

79%

83%

84%

88%

89%

Nat

84%

87%

87%

92%

93%

Core

Subject

Indicator (CSI)

Sch

72%

79%

80%

86%

87%

LA

69%

73%

73%

78%

78%

Nat

72%

77%

77%

84%

86%

Non Core 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Art 

86%

87%

84%

86%

87%

Design Technology 

85%

89%

91%

93%

96%

Geography 

79%

81%

82%

82%

85%

History 

82%

89%

90%

96%

95%

ICT 

91%

91%

91%

96%

96%

MFL 

79%

74%

79%

90%

88%

Music 

74%

91%

90%

95%

96%

PE 

75%

81%

84%

88%

91%

Welsh 2nd Lang

74%

72%

81%

79%

87%

Attendance

Regular school attendance is essential in ensuring pupils are able to achieve their potential. More information is available on the attendance page.

The attendance of pupils in Cwmtawe compares favourably with the local authority and Wales averages.

 

School 

2015 / 2016

Local Authority 

2015 / 2016

Wales 

2015 / 2016

Attendance – all

94.5%

93.7%

94.2%

Attendance – boys

94.7%

93.7%

94.3%

Attendance - girls

94.2%

93.7%

94.1%

Unauthorised absence

(*lower is better)

0.9%

1.0%

1.3%

Persistent Absence (*lower is better)

12.5%

18.3%

21.9%

The school works hard with pupils and their families to ensure regular attendance. Over the past ten years, our attendance has been within the top 30% of similar schools across Wales, and we have one of the lowest persistent absence rates in the country (pupils missing 20% of school sessions or more).

The school’s attendance has been above Welsh Government expectations (modelled outcomes) for each of the past five years.

Destinations

Latest data from Careers Wales for 2016 indicates that most pupils remain in full time education after taking their GCSE examinations in Cwmtawe. Their final destination after leaving school is illustrated below.

Destination

%

No. of Pupils

EC – FT Ed – FE College

87.2%

238

EF – FT Ed – 6th Form

2.2%

6

JS – Employed

2.9%

8

NA – Unable to enter EET

0.4%

1

UR – NEET – registered

1.5%

4

WE – WBT Employed

2.2%

6

WN – WBT Non-employed

2.9%

8

No Response as yet

0.7%

2

 

100%

273

It is encouraging that nearly all (95%) of our pupils remain in full time education or training after leaving school.

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