This is the average Attainment 8 score for girls. Attainment 8 measures the average achievement of pupils in up to 8 qualifications including English (double weighted if the combined English qualification, or both language and literature are taken), maths (double weighted), three further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and three further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list.
Points are allocated according to grades the pupil achieves for all 8 subjects added together to give the Attainment 8 score. English and maths point scores are double weighted to signify their importance. The points that pupils are allocated for 2016 for each grade are:G=1.00, F=2.00, E=3.00, D=4.00, C=5.00, B=6.00, A=7.00 and A*=8.00. In 2017 and 2018 the points for each grade are G=1.00, F=1.50, E=2.00, D=3.00, C=4.00, B=5.50, A=7.00 and A*=8.50. In 2017, new GCSE qualifications in English and mathematics, graded 1-9, were included in performance tables, with others added in 2018 and 2019. From 2020, all GCSEs in England have been reformed and use the new 9 to 1 grading system (rather than A*-G). Results for 2019/20 and 2020/21 includes grades awarded to students, when exams were cancelled, due to Covid-19 and are not comparable with earlier years. Instead, for 2020/21, pupils were only assessed on the content they had been taught for each course. Schools were given flexibility to decide how to assess their pupils’ performance.
Figures for all state-funded schools include local authority maintained mainstream schools, academies, free schools, city technology colleges, further education colleges with provision for 14 to 16 year-olds and state-funded special schools. They exclude independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision. They do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas.