The figure for each institution's exam results is followed in square brackets by the national average for the qualification concerned - and, in the local education authority (LEA) tables, the average for all an area's institutions - where available.
The lists are sorted on the basis of the results explained below, to give a guide to relative performance locally and nationally. Where two or more schools achieve equal results their ranking number is given an = sign and they are listed alphabetically. Rankings in red denote independent (fee-paying) schools.
The GCSE figure is the percentage of 15-year-old pupils in the school achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C or GNVQ equivalents.
The equivalent figures for the previous three years are also listed.
The Department for Education says the age relates to those who were 15 at the start of the academic year - in the case of 1998, those born between 1 September 1981 and 31 August 1982.
The A level figure is the average point score per examination entry of pupils aged 16, 17, or 18, entered for at least one A level or A/S exam.
The points for A levels are assigned as: grade A = 10, B = 8, C = 6, D = 4, E = 2. The A/S points are half those for A levels. The points for all the exam entries are added up and an average is worked out.
We are using the figure per entry as being a better reflection of performance than the figure per pupil - which favours schools which enter pupils for a greater number of exam subjects even though their results in those exams may not be as good.
The Advanced GNVQ figure shows the average point score of pupils aged 16, 17, or 18, entered for an exam. Points are assigned as follows: Distinction = 18, Merit = 12, Pass = 6.
In this case the government does not give a point score per entry on the basis that most people take only one Advanced GNVQ - broadly equivalent to two A levels.
What all those initials mean, as defined by the Department for Education:
C - County school maintained by the local education authority (LEA).
CTC - City Technology College.
GM - Grant Maintained School.
FESI - further education college.
IND - Independent school which charges fees.
SA - Special Agreement School, maintained by the LEA with a foundation
(generally religious) which appoints most of the governing body. The governing
body is usually responsible for the school's admissions policy.
VA - Voluntary Aided School, maintained by the LEA with a foundation which
appoints most of the governing body. The governing body is usually responsible
for the school's admissions policy.
VC - Voluntary Controlled School, maintained by the LEA, with a foundation
which appoints some - but not most - of the governing body. The LEA is usually
responsible for the school's admissions policy.
MSS - Special school maintained by the LEA for pupils with special
NMSS - Non-maintained special school.
GMSS - Grant Maintained Special School. The governing body is responsible for the school's admissions policy.
IND(SS) - Independent school approved under the Education Act 1966 to take
pupils who have statements of special educational need.
COMP - Comprehensive: takes all pupils, usually regardless of their ability,
aptitude, or whether they have been selected for a place at a selective school.
MOD - Modern: takes pupils regardless of their ability or aptitude and who
have not been selected for a place at a selective school.
NON SEL - independent (fee-paying) school which takes pupils usually regardless of their ability or aptitude.
SEL - Selective: takes schools depending on their ability or aptitude.
BOYS, GIRLS, MIXED - Whether or not the school is single sex.
Where there are schools with the same name the lists also give their education authorities.
Children who need more specialised teaching and facilities may go to special schools. Those with students aged 16-18 have chosen whether or not to be in the data issued by the government.
Sixth form centres and consortia
In some areas schools co-operate in a group known as a sixth form centre or consortium. The centre or consortium's results are shown separately, together with links to the participating schools.
Source of the data: Department for Education and Employment
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