Average attainment 8 in key stage 4

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications including mathematics (double weighted) and English (double weighted), 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list. Each individual grade a pupil achieves is assigned a point score, which is then used to calculate a pupil’s Attainment 8 score. 
We aim to achieve upper quartile of all Local Authorities by 2022.

February 2019 performance 

West Sussex’s result was 46.9 in 2019 which is an improvement of 0.2 on last year and is 0.1 better than both the national and our statistical neighbour’s result of 46.8, which has declined by 0.6, which reflects in the rankings below.
West Sussex is currently ranked 56th nationally which is an improvement of 7 positions on last year and remains in the second quartile. West Sussex has also improved its rank position by 2 against its statistical neighbours to 4th, despite the change in neighbour authorities.

West Sussex’s attainment 8 result for 2017/18 was in line with national average and ranked in the second quartile nationally. 

Comparisons with statistical neighbours and South East

Attainment 8 for boys

Attainment 8 for girls


To improve performance, all secondary schools in the county have taken specific actions to address any areas of concern such as develop action plans, share practice with other schools, become examiners. The council brokers individual support for maintained and some academy schools that are vulnerable in some way through Area Inclusion Improvement Board (AIIB).