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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)


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 2020 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.

In 2020, summer examinations were cancelled due to coronavirus – awarding bodies required centres to submit centre assessed grades and rankings for each student. A rigourous process was undertaken by the school to ensure the grades were a fair reflection of what could have been achieved if exams had been taken this summer.


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Number of Qualifications Achieved




Qualifications achieved covered a range of academic and vocational qualifications, including GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills, Cambridge Nationals, Edexcel Awards and Arts Award. 


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 2018/2019 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. 

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GCSE Percentage 9 - 4

The percentage of GCSEs that were passed at 4 (standard pass) and above has risen steadily over the last four years.

Overall Pass RatePass rate over time

In subjects we can see a steady increase in pass rates in English Language and Double Award Science.  More students than ever are taking Double Award Science. The number taking Literature has increased too.

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.

Attendance means points


In addition to GCSEs students were able to access additional qualifications:

  • Level 1 Award in IT User Skills
  • Level 1 Award in Mathematics: Number and Measure
  • Level 1 Award in Mathematics: Statistical Methods
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English
  • Entry Level Science
  • Arts Award
  • Cambridge National Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care
  • Prince’s Trust Personal Development and Employability Skills

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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