Our primary results were a particular highlight, with Ark’s KS2 performance surpassing the national average by 16 percentage points. Across the network, 75 percent of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 59 percent nationally. While there has sadly been no improvement in the national figures compared to 2022, our schools have built on the success of last year and raised outcomes by a further two percentage points.
In line with the anticipated national trend, we saw a deflation against last year’s secondary results. Against this backdrop, the steady increase in our network average for KS4 and KS5 against pre-Covid benchmarks is encouraging.
- At GCSE, we saw an improvement on our 2019 performance. Sixty-four percent of students achieved grades 9-4 in English and Maths (up two percentage points on 2019) and 44 percent of students achieved grades 9-5 in English and Maths (up four percentage points on 2019).
- At A-level, we saw a more significant uplift against 2019 results with 56 percent of students receiving at least three grades at A* to C (up nine percentage points) and 32 percent received at least three grades A* to B (up eight percentage points on 2019).
- The number of students receiving top grades in BTECs more than doubled (up from 3.5% in 2019 to 7.5% in 2023) with the pass rate remaining steady. Across the board, Ark students have significantly exceeded the national average at all BTEC grades. (Note this refers only to the large applied general qualifications equivalent to three A levels).
There is always more to do but this positive progress means we are in a strong position to make further improvements next year.