Bedstone is a non-selective school, which means that we enjoy a wide range of academic abilities and do not require Common Entrance. Instead, we rely on interviews, school reports and taster days to assess each student and ensure Bedstone is the best place for them.
Through the use of the University of Durham’s value-added monitoring, (‘YELLIS’ at GCSE and ‘ALIS’ at A level), the College is able to ensure that students’ academic achievements are in line with or above their ability. In short, we take students of all levels of ability and bring out the very best in them: through inspirational teaching, small classes and one-to-one care. This means we are consistently amongst the best-performing schools in the region at GCSE and A Level, despite being non selective. Non selective does not mean non-academic.
From the ISI inspection report 2009:
“Results in GCSE over the last three years for which comparative data is available have been above the national average for all maintained schools and therefore have been in line with pupils’ abilities. Results in examinations taken by Year 13 pupils over the last three years have been in line with the national average for all maintained schools and in line with their abilities”.
“… On leaving the college, pupils are successful in gaining entry to a wide range of courses with most of them gaining entry to their first choice of higher education.”
“The high levels of achievement recorded across so many different disciplines reflect the success of the college in pursuing excellence for its pupils across a wide range of activities. This wide range of achievements reinforces the college’s claim to respond to the needs of individuals and to give them the chance to succeed in whatever area of interest and ability they wish to pursue”.
In 2018 the attainment 8 score was 54 against a predicted value of 49 from baseline tests. 87% of students achieved at least 5 A*-C (including English and Mathematics).
In 2017 the DfE removed the 5A*-C (incl. English and Mathematics) as a measure of performance. No formal Value Added comparisons were available. We moved to the measure of ‘Attainment 8’ for 2018 and beyond as a Value Added Measure but, to aid historical comparison, we will still present the % of eligible students achieving the equivalent of 5 A*-C (Including English and Mathematics). In 2017, this was 86%.
In 2016 the YELLIS prediction for 5A*-C (incl. English and Mathematics) was 66%. The cohort actually achieved 71%
In 2015 the YELLIS prediction for 5A*-C (incl. English and Mathematics) was 71%. The cohort actually achieved 76%
In 2014 the ‘YELLIS’ prediction for 5A*-C (incl. English and Mathematics) was 59%. The cohort actually achieved 77%
This shows that students consistently achieve grades in excess of what they would normally be expected to achieve, given their abilities.
University Entrance: The careers and UCAS advice on offer allows our students to access courses across the whole spectrum of universities in the UK. Our highest achieving students regularly achieve places at universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Bristol and Imperial College. In 2018 13% secured places at ‘Oxbridge’ and over 30% went on to study at Russell Group Universities. Over the last 6 years, some 90% of our leaving applicants secured places at their first or second choice institution.