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Fir Vale is a school in a very challenging context that performs miracles each year in ensuring that every child achieves to the best of their ability and is placed on a carrers pathway to success in further education or training.

Our average KS2 point score per pupil on entry is well below the national average of 29.  At times, it has fallen to 22 points.  Yet our value added Progress 8 figure is a significant plus at +1016 in 2014 and 1003 in 2015.  We have high expectations and aspirations for our students and set challenging targets.

Like most other schools we are sometimes affected by external changes to exam specifications and grade decisions.  In 2014, we were significantly affected by the sudden withdrawal of Speaking and Listening in the English GCSE.  Ofsted recognised this when they arrived in 2015 and they could understand and see the impact this would have on BME students with English as a second language.  This year with adequate notice and preparation time for the exam, our English 3LP is 78%.  Like many schools we suffered adversely in Maths in 2015 when the exam board (Pearson Edexcel) moved the ‘C’ grade boundary up by 9 marks, depriving 21 or our young people of that essential ‘C’ grade they had worked for and expected.  We have changed to the AQA specification this year.

2014-15 Results

5 A*-C (inc English & Maths)


3LP English


3LP Maths


Average Capped Point Score


% 3 A*-A


Progress 8




We have also significantly closed and narrowed the gaps between disadvantaged students and the others.  In English there is no gap, in Maths it is only 4%.

For detailed information regarding Fir Vale School results, and comparisons to local schools and national levels, please use the Department for Education Performance Table.


Progress 8 (explained in 3 minutes)

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Progress 8 (explained in 3 minutes)