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Pupil Attainment

“Pupils make substantial progress across the curriculum because teaching closely matches their individual needs, and because expectations of what they can achieve are high.”

“On arrival, all pupils have experienced gaps in their learning and some have negative attitudes to learning. No time is wasted in transforming pupils’ attitudes. By working with health and other agencies, teachers very quickly close the gaps in learning very precisely. Pupils’ rates of progress increase and many pupils make exceptional progress.”

“Pupils make excellent progress toward their individual targets because they benefit from the high-quality interventions, therapies and strategies the school provides. The most able pupils make significant progress across the curriculum. Disadvantaged pupils make at least similar progress to that of their classmates, and it is often faster. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education.”

(OFSTED – June 2017)

Key Stage 4 Results 2019

The Children’s Hospital School are incredibly proud of their GCSE results and the hard work, dedication and resilience that our students have shown despite their medical needs and personal daily challenges. Our Year 11 students have missed a significant amount of their education through illness yet all of them have managed to achieve at least one qualification.

Below is a summary of our GCSE results. For a more detailed report please contact the school who will be able to provide you with a copy of the Exams 2019 Report.

In a small cohort, one student represents a large percentage. The profile of students can change dramatically year on year. Students at Children’s Hospital School do not all take the same GCSE subjects and number of qualifications – students are entered for GCSE based on their individual needs with their health being paramount.


More qualifications were achieved in 2019 compared with 2018, covering a range of academic and vocational qualifications, including GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills, BTEC, Arts Award as well as ECDL. 


The table below shows the percent of 9 to 4 and 9 to 1 achieved at GCSE subjects, for Y11, offered at Willow Bank. They are compared with the national performance in those subjects.

Figures for 2017/2018 are in shaded columns, yet due to the nature of our students and their complex needs it is difficult to compare year on year. Information is therefore included for context purposes. 



 Percentage 9 to 4 

Against national figures, Willow Bank students perform broadly in line with 9 to 1 pass rate.

When comparing 9-4 national pass rates with those at Willow Bank School, this year, we can see that although mostly lower than national statistics, we are becoming more comparable in some subjects.  It is worth noting that the performance in Film Studies is above the national average. In science, although the percentage 9-4 has fallen, now many more students take double award science.


At CHS students are on individualised timetables according to their medical needs. They are often unable to attend CHS for 5 full days. For many students, any attendance is a significant achievement and enables them to gain qualifications they would not otherwise have achieved. It is noticeable that where students’ attendance to lessons, once engaged with CHS, is good, they tend to achieve a higher number of points overall.

There is a clear positive correlation between attendance rates and the points scored from qualifications.


Vocational Results 2018

In addition to sitting GCSE exams students were able to access additional qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills
  • Level 1 Award in IT User Skills
  • Level 1 Award in Mathematics: Number and Measure
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English
  • Entry Level Science
  • Arts Award
  • BTEC Health and Social Care Level 1 Award

All these qualifications help to offer a broad curriculum to CHS students. They can be especially useful for ensuring students who, through illness have missed too much to contemplate a GCSE entry, are able to achieve some form of qualification in order to ensure a future pathway.


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