Department of Education Results

We are delighted to report that Downside has ranked particularly well within the latest report from the Department of Education.

Data was submitted from all schools throughout the UK, including averages from both State and Independent, and our 2015 A Level results came out well above these national standards.  

Based on the average point score per A Level, and percentage of pupils achieving AAB (or higher) at A Level, we rank as the highest of all Independent schools in Somerset and the highest of all coeducational Independent schools in Somerset and Dorset

Please find graphs below based on the following:

Pupils achieving AAB (or higher) at A Level in at least two facilitating subjects(*)
This is the benchmark required for a Russell Group University course. 

Average point score per A Level entry
Each A Level grade is awarded a point score, and better grades achieve higher scores. 

Value-Added Score
Upon commencing A Level study your child will be given a set of predicted outcomes, based upon their GCSE performance and an ALIS test which measures their ability across a range of skills; the cumulative data is measured against a national average. The value-added score is a key performance indicator for any educational institution and our 2015 high result is pleasing. 

(*) Facilitating subjects – ‘Some advanced level subjects are more frequently required for entry to degree courses than others. We call these subjects ‘facilitating’ because choosing them at advanced level leaves open a wide range of options for university study.’ (Russell Group website)