GCSE EBacc success!

GCSE EBacc success!

Following the publication of official examination comparison data by the Department for Education today, Sexey’s School has been announced as the top performing state school in Somerset, based on the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) average point score (5.01).

Commenting, Mrs Helen Cullen, Headteacher said, “The EBacc score is tremendously important. Studying subjects in the EBacc increases the likelihood that a student will stay on at school and sit A Levels, regardless of their ability, according to research.

“In addition to coming top in Somerset for average point score at EBacc, we are delighted to be the top school in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire for percentage of students entering the EBacc, at 83%. Moreover, Sexey’s is in the top three schools for EBacc average points score in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.”

Benefits of taking the EBacc subjects

Students who pursue the full range of EBacc subjects – Maths, English, Science, History or Geography, and a language – between the ages of 14 and 16 have a greater probability of progression to all post-16 educational outcomes. Students taking EBacc subjects at GCSE are also more likely to take A Levels, and to study “facilitating” subjects – those the Russell Group universities say are more helpful for getting onto a degree course.

Mr Ross Dalzell, Assistant Head – Curriculum and Standards, said: “At Sexey’s we believe it is tremendously important to teach a broad and balanced curriculum that supports our high aspirations for all students. We find that the top universities and employers like to see that students have studied a modern foreign language, as well as the full suite of EBacc subjects. To be ranked so highly on this score by official Government data is a fantastic endorsement of the work done at Sexey’s.”

Progress 8

In addition to its EBacc data, Sexey’s School is also celebrating its position in the top six state schools in Somerset and Dorset for Progress 8, which shows how much progress pupils made between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4, compared to pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

On a subject level, Sexey’s achieved over average in all subjects as shown by the government table here:

GCSE comparison data 2020 by subject

Find out more

To make in year day and boarding applications in all years to Sexey’s School, please email Sarah Stallion, Admissions Registrar: admissions@sexeys.somerset.sch.uk to ascertain availability. Registrations for the upcoming Boarding Open Morning can be made at: http://bit.ly/SexeysBOM2020