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, academic year 2017/18

A new secondary school GCSE accountability system was implemented in 2016. Here are some of the headline accountability measures for schools from the 2017/18 academic year:

  • The average 'Attainment 8' score per pupil for the Lancashire-12 area (46.7) was similar to the England (46.5), North West (45.7) and Blackburn with Darwen (45.8) scores and higher than Blackpool (38.5).
  • The average 'Progress 8' score per pupil for the Lancashire-12 area (-0.09) was higher than the North West (-0.16) and Blackpool (-0.64) scores. Lancashire-12 pupils and most of the comparator areas are all making below average progress. Blackburn with Darwen (0.02) pupils are making above average progress.
  • Analysis of the results for the districts within the Lancashire-12 area shows that the attainment of pupils at the end of key stage 4 was mainly higher in areas with low levels of deprivation.
  • The average 'Attainment 8' scores of pupils on free school meals (FSM) at the end of key stage 4 in the Lancashire-12 area (32.9) was lower than that of non-FSM pupils (48.6). 
  • The average 'Attainment 8' scores of girls at the end of key stage 4 in the Lancashire-12 area (49.5) was higher than that of boys (44.0).
  • For the Lancashire-12 area, the attainment gap between SEND pupils and non-SEND pupils remains. The average 'Attainment 8' score for SEND pupils (12.6) is significantly lower than non-SEND pupils (49.1) in the Lancashire-12 area - an average score gap of 36.2.

Children and young people dashboard

The children and young people dashboard created as part of the Neighbourhood JSNA, now includes district and ward level data for KS2/ KS4/ Pupil Absence/ Exclusions/ NEET. This resource can be accessed here.

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, 2017/18 academic year (PDF 684 KB)

Page updated 27 February 2019