Cartmel Priory School Students Top Performance Tables in 2016

Pupils, parents and staff are celebrating after Cartmel Priory CoE School was identified as the highest performing school in Cumbria in the DFE's latest Performance Tables (published January 2017).

The small rural secondary schools of the South Lakes Federation all achieved excellent results, with Cartmel Priory School, John Ruskin School and Settlebeck High School all in the top 5 schools in Cumbria.

Under the new Progress 8 measure, pupils at Cartmel Priory School were found to make better progress than pupils in any other Cumbrian school (access the full table here).

Progress 8 replaces the previous measure of 5A*-C in assessing school performance, and shows how well pupils of all abilities have progressed since primary school. Cartmel Priory School's Progress 8 score of +0.49 means that in 2016 its Y11 students made, on average, half a grade better progress than similar students nationally in 2016.

Similar success was achieved in 2015 the first year of the new measure, when Cartmel Priory School achieved a Progress 8 score of +0.51

Headteacher Dr P Williams said "It's great that pupils of all abilities (low, middle and high) made such excellent progress in their GCSEs. We are very proud of all the achievements of our young people, well done."


* The Progress 8 score is calculated from the following qualifications

English and maths GCSEs

3 "E-Baccalaureate" GCSEs (that is science, humanities or languages GCSEs only)

3 "Other" GCSEs (any GCSE or equivalent qualification not already counted in the previous two groups)