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London Schools Gold Club 2015 / 2016 criteria for Secondary schools

The London Schools Gold Club 2015 criteria for Secondary schools is outlined here. Schools are invited to join the Gold club, so this criteria is published for transparency.

Schools with 50% or more pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium (PP) or at least 30% of pupils with low prior attainment:

  • 57% or more of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium achieve 5 GCSEs (including current equivalents) A*-C including English and maths, exceeding the London average for all pupils (London average, 64%, England all schools average, 53% and England state funded average, 57%)
  • 55% or more of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium achieve 5 GCSEs (excluding equivalents) A*-C including English and mathematics
  • Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 progress as measured by Best 8 value-added progress measure is significantly above the national average

Schools with less than 50% of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium (PP) and between 10% and 30% in the low prior attainment band:

  • 24% or more achieve the English Baccalaureate (London average, 30%, England all schools average, 23% and England state funded, 24%)
  • 57% or more of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium achieve 5 GCSEs (including current equivalents) A*-C including English and mathematics  (London average, 64%, England all schools average, 53% and England state funded average, 57%)
  • 55% or more of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium achieve 5 GCSEs (excluding equivalents) A*-C including English and mathematics
  • Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 progress as measured by Best 8 value-added progress measure is significantly above the national average

Schools with 10% or fewer of students in the low prior attainment band and independent schools:

  • 90% or more of pupils achieve the English Baccalaureate (London average, 30%, England all schools average, 23% and England state funded, 24%)
  • 85% or more of all GCSEs entered were awarded grades A*-A

Technical notes

  1. Schools must meet each criterion listed in bullet points.
  2. Analysis is based on DfE performance tables’ definitions.
  3. Low prior attainment refers to pupils below Level 4 at Key Stage 2.
  4. Data for measures of ‘A*-C including English and mathematics excluding equivalents’ and 85% ‘GCSEs entered awarded grades A*-A’ was taken from the National Pupil Database. There are no published England or London averages to cite.
  5. Best 8, including English and mathematics, Value Added (“Best 8” VA) is a measure of progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4. It uses KS2 prior attainment to estimate subsequent KS4 attainment, in terms of a pupil’s capped best eight GCSE and equivalent outcomes (plus a separate bonus for attainment in each of English and mathematics). This information is brought together at school level and identifies schools which are performing significantly above the average.
  6. Percentages have been used, instead of actual numbers, for simplicity and consistency across the measures. The impact of rounding has been checked and produced no changes to Gold Club membership in the first three years and this will be kept under review in subsequent years.