Quarter 3 - to the end of December 2017

In 2016 the headline measure for Key Stage 4 results (GCSE) has changed to Progress 8, a measure of the progress pupils make from Key Stage 2 (primary school Year 6) to Key Stage 4 (secondary school Year 11) in a range of subjects including English, Mathematics, at least 3 English Baccalaureate subjects and up to three other good GCSE subjects. Further information is held under:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progress-8-school-performance-measure

For 2016/17, West Sussex's average Progress 8 score is 0.03, which is better than both the whole of England (-0.03) and the South East (-0.02). West Sussex is currently ranked=50th, and is in the second quartile, in relation to all local authorities.

BASICS: As apercentage of all pupils at the end of key stage 4. In 2014/15 and earlier, where the English language and English literature option was chosen in English, exams in both must be taken and a C grade or above achieved in English language. From 2015/16, to meet the English requirement of the A*-C in English and maths attainment measure, a C in either English language or English literature counts and there is no requirement to take both.

In 2016/17, following the introduction of the reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs in English, a grade 5or above in either English language or English literature counts and there remains no requirement to take both in order to achieve a pass. For 2016/17 West Sussex's percentage was 44.8%, compared to 42.4% for England and 45.4% for the South East.

ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE: As a percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 4. In 2014/15 and earlier, where the English language and English literature option was chosen in EBacc English, exams in both had to be taken and a C grade or above achieved in English language. In 2015/16, to meet the English requirement of the EBacc, exams in both had to be taken and a C grade or above achieved in either English language or English literature. From 2017, the definition of 'percentage achieving the English Baccalaureate' has changed to 'the proportion of pupils achieving the EBacc which includes a grade 5 or above in English andmathematics, and grade C or above in unreformed subjects' following the introduction of the reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs in English and mathematics.

Exams in both English literature and English language still have to be taken and a grade 5 or above achieved in one to achieve a pass in the English requirement of the EBacc. The 9-4 pass shows pupils who achieved a grade 4 or above in English andmathematics, and a grade C in unreformed subjects and is shown alongside the headline measure for transparency and comparability.For 2016/17 West Sussex's percentage was 21.0%, compared to 21.2% for England and 23.6% for theSouth East.

Revised data isreleased at the end of January 2018.

Quarter 1 – to the end of June 2017

As the current results are based on annual examinations sat in June 2016 the outcomes only change marginally throughout the year. Validated results were published in January 2017. The results for the examinations sat in June 2017 will be reported when they become available in the autumn.

Quarter 4 – to the end of March 2017

On the new measure, Progress 8, West Sussex’s outcome is well above the national average at +0.1 (national average –0.03) is ranked 3rd of the 34 Shire plus counties and in the top 20% of all local authorities. West Sussex is also above the national average for other reported outcomes: Attainment 8, English Baccalaureate and Basics (A*-C in both English and mathematics).