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The Charter School

North Dulwich

School Results

Clarification of DfE Performance Tables

A clarification of the Department for Education performance tables

The Charter School’s Year 11 students of 2014 recorded our best ever set of GCSE results.  77% of all pupils gained at least 5A*-C grades including English and maths and 45% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate - both figures are 20% higher than national averages.

The recently published 2014 Department for Education (DfE) performance tables record the school’s ‘first entry’ results in which Charter School students achieved 67%  5A*-C grade including English and maths.

‘First entry’ results are the grades achieved in exams taken in November, early in the academic year. ‘Best results’ are the grades achieved in November and June exams, and therefore take into account students’ overall progress during the whole academic year.  The DfE decided in September 2013 to change the way results are reported in the performance tables, and therefore now for the first time ‘best entry’ results are not reported, only ‘first entry’ results.

The school accepted that there would be a difference in reported results compared to actual results achieved in the DfE tables, but made the decision to enter Year 11 students early in November 2013 for their benefit as they had been preparing  and supported for their English and maths exam in November 2013 since the start of Year 10. At The Charter School we believe that a student-centred approach to education is fundamental, which is why most students completed examinations in November 2013 and summer 2014 to offer them the best opportunity to achieve. As a result of this decision our students were able to move on to the next stage of their academic journey with the best possible results to support them.

In addition to the headline figures, the levels of progress achieved taking into account best entry results by the end of Key Stage 4 in English and maths can be seen below.


Expected Progress

% of TCS students making expected progress

% of students nationally making expected progress

% of TCS students exceeding expected progress

% of students nationally exceeding expected progress














For reference there are two performance tables now in publication


Best entry - The Charter School

(A new website which allows parents to compare schools in their local area based on pupils’ best GCSE results. It is run by: the two main headteachers’ unions, ASCL and NAHT; education specialists The PiXL Club; and academy and independent school group United Learning.)

First Entry – The Charter School

(The Department for Education performance tables)

Please contact Lynne Stockbridge, Head of External Affairs, if you would like any further information.

Christian Hicks