We offer a predominantly academic curriculum at Beechen Cliff School with mostly GCSE, AS Level and A Level courses offered. At all times we select the courses which we believe are in the best interests of our pupils and students rather than considering our position in the DfE performance tables.
Many prestigious schools adopt a similar policy of entering pupils for IGCSE qualifications irrespective of whether they are included in performance tables.
The academic success of our pupils is incredibly important to us and our exam entry strategy is also chosen for the benefit of our pupils. For this reason we continued with an early entry policy for GCSE English Language in 2014 and an early entry policy for GCSE Core Science in both 2014 and 2015. This decision was taken to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils, rather than adapting to fit with the latest government changes to performance tables, particularly as they occurred after pupils had begun their GCSE courses.
For this reason the 2014 and 2015 performance tables do not show our GCSE results in the best light and like many other schools we have chosen to publish our examination results on the alternative performance tables championed by ASCL and NAHT. These allow the final exam results to be celebrated rather than the first entry.