Key stage 4

Key stage 4 is the legal term for the two years of school education which incorporate GCSEs, in maintained schools. This period is normally known as Year 10 and Year 11, when pupils are aged between 14 and 16 years.

Results for the Lancashire-12 area, year 2015/16

A new secondary school GCSE accountability system has been implemented in 2016. Revised data from the new system was published in July 2017. Here are some of the headline accountability measures for schools from the 2015/16 academic year:

  • The average Attainment 8 score per pupil for Lancashire (49.7) was higher than national (48.2) and Blackpool (43.8) and similar to regional (49.2) and Blackburn with Darwen (50.3) scores.
  • The average Progress 8 score per pupil for Lancashire (-0.11) was higher than the regional (-0.15) and Blackpool (-0.38) scores. Lancashire and most of the comparator areas are all making below average progress. Blackburn with Darwen (0.11) is making above average progress. Progress 8 is a relative measure, therefore the national average Progress 8 score for mainstream schools is zero.
  • The proportion of pupils achieving A*-C in both English and maths in Lancashire (63.6%) was higher than national (59.5%), regional (61.7%) and Blackpool (47.8%) averages. Blackburn with Darwen (65.3%) fared better.
  • For attainment in the previous headline measure of 5+ A*-C including English and maths Lancashire (58.4%) remained stable from the previous year (58.8%) and performance remained higher than national (53.5%), regional (56.6%), and Blackpool (43.0%) averages. Blackburn with Darwen (59.8%) fared better.

The Department for Education website provides statistics on key stage 4 results for recent years.

Further analysis

Children and young people in Lancashire, key stage 4 analysis, 2015/16 (PDF 569 KB)

Page updated September 2017