Crispin School


As well as being fully committed to the education of the whole child, we fully appreciate the importance of students achieving the best educational outcomes possible. The precise nature of results varies from year to year according to the cohort in question but students at Crispin have consistently achieved strong examination results around, or markedly above, the national average.

The Government's 'Compare School and College Performance in England' information (a link to which can be found below) is of use but it has its limitations. It does give an indication of school performance but it will also reflect historical decisions about curriculum structures which may affect accountability measures. It also reflects what happened to students at a secondary school between 2018 and 2023, and at their primary school before that, rather than what will happen in the future. Although prior performance can sometimes be a good indicator of what will happen in the future; sometimes it is not.

To give you one example, nationally students do less well in Modern Foreign Languages than in other subjects. In recent years the percentage of students taking a Modern Foreign Language at Crispin has greatly increased. We believe this is a desirable development, but all things being equal, at any school this is highly likely to have an adverse effect on some performance data with regards to progress and attainment.

Whether students at Crispin have achieved results well in excess of national and local performance or around the national average, we have long stressed that it is also really important to recognise that many aspects of a school’s life, and indeed performance, cannot be translated into easily measurable data. Just because something is not easily quantifiable does not mean that it is not of vital importance.

While schools must always have one eye on how they will fare vis-à-vis performance data, this is not our prime driver. We seek to offer a Crispin curriculum that is the most suitable for students across our area.

School Performance Data for 2023 can be found HERE

Please note the guidance from the Department for Education:

In 2022/23, qualifications returned to pre-pandemic standards. Performance measures that are based on qualification results will reflect this, and cannot be directly compared to measures from 2021/2022.
There are ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected individual schools, colleges and pupils differently.

Last Updated: January 2024

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