Exam Results

At Sedgefield Community College we pride ourselves on many aspects of our school, not least the amazing examination results our students have continually achieved over a number of years. This has led to Sedgefield Community College receiving recognition in numerous ways such as:

  • County Durham’s highest attaining school in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • County Durham’s top-rated school for student progress in 2018 and 2019
  • Included in the Times UK’s top 50 highest performing 11-16 schools in 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Included in the top 10 highest performing 11-16 schools in the North East in 2017
  • Included in the top 10 highest performing 11-16 schools in the North East & Cumbria in 2018
  • Just outside the top 10 highest performing 11-16 schools in the North East, Cumbria & North Yorkshire in 2019
  • Gaining the World Schools Quality Mark in 2019
  • Shortlisted for the TES schools School of the Year award in 2020

This recognition is linked to the following outstanding outcomes our students have achieved over a number of years, which is detailed in the overview table below.

Measure 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Progress 8 Score * * +0.51 +0.48 +0.26
Attainment 8 Score * * 54.70 52.89 52.59
Grades 9-7 including English & maths * * 20.7% 16.7% 13.2%
Grades 9-5 including English & maths * * 53.4% 56.9% 40.3%
Grades 9-4 including English & maths * * 76.7% 75.3% 71.1%
% of students entered for the EBacc * * 50.8% 51.7% 42.8%
% of students gaining EBacc – good pass * * 18.7% 17.2% 27.7%
% of students gaining EBacc – standard pass * * 33.2% 30.5% 30.2%
Grades 9-7 (all entries) * * 27.72% 22.16% 22.43%
Students staying in education or employment after KS4 * * 99% 98.8% 98.1%

2020 (*) – Due to the global pandemic and subsequent national lockdown, all students received Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) for their final examination grades. The CAGs were based on evidence drawn from many robust Tier of Entry exams (TOEs) that took place over years 10 and 11. All of these exams are conducted under actual exam conditions. The completed papers always undergo a rigorous quality assurance and standardisation process to ensure reliability of the grades awarded.

2021 (*) – Due to the global pandemic and second national lockdown, the Department of Education announced that final GCSE grades would be awarded by teacher assessed grades (TAGs) which were to be determined through teacher assessment. Teachers were required to make a holistic judgement of each student’s performance on a range of evidence relating to the subject content that had been delivered by their teacher (either in the classroom or via remote learning). Sedgefield Community College carried out this process as directed from policy to process and built-in extensive quality assurance and standardisation measures to ensure consistency and fairness in the grades awarded.

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021 - Click to expand

It has been an extremely challenging time for all of our students since the COVID-19 lockdown closed schools to most students in March 2020. This is especially the case for our class of 2021 Year 11 students. They had their GCSE exam preparations interrupted in the first lockdown when they were in Year 10 and then once again in January 2021 when schools were forced to close to most students due to the resurgence of the pandemic. It was at this point we became aware that GCSE exams in their ‘normal’ form would not be able to go ahead. Sadly, to add increased anxiety to all GCSE students nationally, clear details of how GCSE grades would eventually be determined were not immediately forthcoming, leading to many weeks of speculation.

Throughout this entire period, I was incredibly proud of the resilience and determination with which our Year 11 conducted themselves. In a time of uncertainty, Year 11 showed great maturity and fortitude to continue to work incredibly hard, knowing that their efforts would be called upon as evidence for their GCSE grades.  As is the tradition for students at Sedgefield Community College, Year 11 were fully prepared for final exams and I dare say many felt deprived of the opportunity to test themselves against the very best students across the country. However, the evidence they provided over their time at SCC and particularly during the latter stages of their studies more than warranted their exceptional GCSE achievements. Normally, at this time schools would share with you school performance data, including pass rates and subject performance measures. However, due to these unusual circumstances this will not be appropriate. Suffice it to say, I am pleased to say that the class of 2021 have continued to build solidly on the school’s track record of exceptional GCSE achievement. Regardless of the turmoil our students have had to encounter, we are delighted that their hard work and perseverance has been officially recognised with the excellent grades they have worked so hard to achieve.

I want to take the opportunity to thank our staff for their dedication as always, in supporting students in all aspects of their time at Sedgefield Community College. Behind the scenes our staff have been working hard to produce fair, robust and accurate GCSE grades for every student, in every subject. This internal data has been checked, double checked and intensively moderated, both within departments (between teachers) and across departments, as well as taking into account any planned access arrangements and special considerations. We have used a wide range of assessment information, including: Tier of Entry (TOE) examinations, completed controlled assessments, class assessments and home learning.

I also want to thank our parents and carers, especially in this most challenging of years. You have provided ongoing support for both the school and our students. For many, learning new IT skills, juggling work commitments and reacquainting yourselves with GCSE knowledge you thought had been left behind long ago.

Finally, I would like to commend our students for the attitude with which they have dealt with this unprecedented situation. More than outstanding results, it is their initiative, tenacity and commitment that will see them go on to succeed in whatever the future holds for them. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the class of 2021 can now progress onto the next stage of their life with confidence and be proud of what they have achieved, knowing the grades represent a triumph over all the hurdles put in their way.

Mr Geoff Robinson, Headteacher