Academic Outcomes

Since opening, the Academy has more than tripled its examination results at GCSE with over 70% of students achieving 9-4 grades in core subjects. The Academy is consistently ranked highly for its 'Progress 8' score. 

Our popular International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programmes consistently enable 100% of Sixth Formers to receive university offers, with IBDP students consistently surpassing the world average score.

Key Stage 4 Performance Data

2021 results

Following the successful rollout of WA Online to provide remote learning during the two national lockdowns, the Westminster Academy Class of 2021 were well-prepared to sit final GCSE examinations, much as they had been expecting when they first joined us. The decision taken by government to cancel the external examinations didn't change much for these students who had known throughout that they would be assessed at the end of Year 11. Their final assessments felt indistinguishable from external exams; they had finished their courses and they were expected to be able to demonstrate sophisticated knowledge and skills. We were enormously proud of how well they were able to do this, achieving comparable results to the very successful GCSE classes who went through the Academy before the pandemic. 

Given the different approaches to assessment and grading of GCSE courses between different schools in 2021, the government has logically chosen not to report school performance statistics. What really matters is that those who deserved to get places at their chosen sixth forms and colleges were able to do so, and that when these students apply for jobs and to universities later on, their GCSE results continue to serve them well. Many of the WA Class of 2021 chose to enrol into our IB-only sixth form and we can now see that the foundations they built in Years 10 and 11 are serving them well in these engaging and challenging programmes of study.

Read more about 2021 GCSE results here.

2020 results

2 MB b IMG 1178Following the cancellation of 2020 GCSE exams as a result of the pandemic, the 2020 results were based on centre assessed GCSE grades and Ofqual’s calculated grades in the instance that these were higher than centre assessed grades. At Westminster Academy grade estimates were informed by autumn, winter and spring exam results, results of non-exam assessments, as well as the sequence and trajectory of progress since the end of Year 10. The grades were determined after a month-long process, reviewed and authenticated at departmental and senior leadership level, issuing the most likely grade a student would have received had they sat their exams and completed any non-exam assessment. Therefore, these results represent as accurate a reflection as possible of our students’ ability and their work over the duration of the GCSE course.

Read more about our 2020 results here.

Year 11 performance data 2021* 2020* 2019

National average 2019

Progress 8 (progress made between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school) Not calculable Not calculable +0.37 -0.03
Attainment 8 (how well students have performed in up to 8 qualifications) 55.72 57.85 51.9 46.7
% achieving grade 5 or above in English and maths GCSEs (Reformed GCSEs are graded 1 - low - to 9 - high. Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a low grade B or a high grade C in the old grading) 55.9% 63% 55% 43%
% achieving grade 4 or above in the 2017 reformed English and maths GCSEs (grade 4 or above in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a grade C or above in the old grading) 72.6% 79% 71% 64%
% of students entering for the English Baccalaureate (students entered for qualifications in English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography) 83.7% 84% 63% 40%
% of students achieving the English Baccalaureate (students achieving qualifications at Grade 4 and above in English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography) 55% 68% 46% 25%
EBacc average point score (a student's average point score across the five 'pillars' of the English Baccalaureate: English language and literature, maths, the sciences, geography or history and a language) 5.13 5.38 4.79 4.07
Student destinations: % of students staying in education or employment for at least two terms after key stage 4 Not yet published Not yet published 95% 94%

* External examination sessions did not take place in either 2021 or 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To view further information about the latest key stage 4 performance data for Westminster Academy, please access the following link:

Key stage 4 school performance data

Key Stage 5 Performance Data

Please note that DfE performance tables involve converting IB points into A Level grades, on the assumption that students took three A Levels. They do not necessarily reflect the breadth of students' achievements across the IBDP and IBCP, both of which are significantly larger qualifications.

2021 results

2021 07 06 IB IC THD JM IMG 9219With the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting learning for a significant amount of students’ two-year IB programmes, the International Baccalaureate took the decision to offer a dual model of assessment in 2021 to take into consideration the challenges that students in varying circumstances all over the world have faced. In contrast to A Level assessment, UK IB grades were awarded based on externally examined coursework, internally set assessments, and the historic performance of the centre. Much of the assessed work was completed during lockdown, while students attended the Academy’s virtual school, ‘WA Online’. 

2020 results

Following the cancellation of the May 2020 IB examination session, the IB awarded grades to its students in over 5000 schools across the globe based on coursework, predicted grades and historic data. The review and analysis of grades used data from official Internal Assessments, marked by IB examiners, as well as predicted grades, to ensure the validity and fairness of final grades.

Year 13 performance data 2021* 2020* 2019 National average 2019

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Average score

36 36 32

World average 2019:

30

Academic qualifications

Progress
Not calculable Not calculable -0.42 0.00

Academic qualifications

Average result
B (38.44) B- (37.30 points) C+  C+

Applied general qualifications (broad vocational qualifications)

Progress
Not calculable n/a 0.23 0.00

Applied general qualifications

Average result
Dist+ (39.44) Dist+ (39.95 points) Dist (35.9 points) Merit+ (28.91 points)
Student destinations (education and employment after 16 to 18: 2017 leavers) Not yet published Not yet published 79% 81%

* External examination sessions did not take place in either 2021 or 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To view further information about the latest key stage 5 performance data for Westminster Academy, please access the following link:

Key stage 5 school performance data