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KS5 Accountability Measures

The government have reformed how schools and colleges are measured in order to set higher expectations, and to make the system fairer, more ambitious, and more transparent.


These measures are:

  • Progress

  • Attainment

  • English and mathematics (for students who do not have a GCSE in these subjects at grade 4)

  • Retention

  • Destinations

Please see the information below for further details on each measure and how successful Plume College are against each measure.

Accountability Measures


Successful schools and colleges support and prepare their students for future education, training and employment.

Plume Academy’s destination data for 2022 can be found:

For the academies internal calculations please see below:

  • In 2022, 44.55% (45.05% in 2021) of students went on to HE courses with almost all of them gaining a place at their first-choice university.

  • In 2022, 22.2% [22.5% in 2021] attending Russell Group Universities.

  • There has been a noticeable drop in those students opting to study locally at the University of Essex, 2.2% (15% in 2021), however, several have decided to study at our nearest University, Anglia Ruskin University 8.88% (7.5% in 2021).

  • In 2022, 13.9% (10.98% in 2021) moved onto Training /Apprenticeships and 29.7% (32.97% in 2021) into Employment.

  • In 2022, 0% [0% in 2020] of students were potential NEET which was significantly below the Essex average of 4.6%.

  • Currently we have a small number of students who are seeking employment/training (1.99% in 2022 and 1.1% in 2021).

  • There has, however, been a slight decrease in the number of students 5.9% (8.8% in 2021) taking gap years in 2022 with many electing to travel and earn money prior to commencing their university courses.


Students progressing to education or employment

Student destinations after 16 to 18 (2020 leavers)

Students reaching the end of 16 to 18 study in 2020 and staying in education or employment for at least 2 terms after this. This is provisional data published in October 2022.

Source: School Performance Data Plume Academy 2020

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Students progressing to higher education or training

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Progress and Attainment

This measure uses value added progress to show how well students have progressed when compared with students with the same prior attainment. The measure for attainment shows the average grade that students attain across the academy in their A level and BTEC level 3 studies.

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English and Mathematics

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This measure shows the progress of students in English and mathematic where they did not achieve at least a grade 4 at GCSE by the end of key stage 4.

English and mathematics results over time

These scores show how much progress students at this school or college made in English qualifications such as GCSE re-takes, between the end of key stage 4 and the end of the 16 to 18 phase of education. A positive score means that, on average, students got higher grades at 16 to 18 than at key stage 4. A negative score means that, on average, students got lower grades than at key stage 4. Students are included in these measures if they did not achieve a grade 4 or higher in their GCSE or equivalent by the end of key stage 4 in that subject.

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This measure shows the proportion of students who are retained to the end of their main course of study within their study programme at a provider.

The data below was validated for the 2018/2019 cohort (published January 2020):

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For the academies internal calculations for 2020/21 please see below:

Retention has been a key aspect of the College’s improvements over the last few years inclusive of the ‘no drop policy’. The college has responded positively to the RPA agenda with a widening participation focus which enables lower ability learners to access the College rather than become NEET. As a direct result of this approach, a review of Year 12 into Year 13 retention reveals that 76.9% left to undertake EET (48.7% Education, 17.9% Employment, 10.3% Training), and this was a positive strategy for these learners. 10.3% have been unable to move into EET due to Health/ Medical issues. Internal calculations for retention in 2021/2022 are available in the Plume College SEF [page 6].

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