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Results & Student Outcomes

Aylsham High Students Maintain Outstanding Standards at GCSE

Exam results

The 2023 performance tables which have been released by the DfE does not reflect the full outcomes for the class of 2023. 

In 2021 schools were asked to generate exam grades for students due to the disruption caused by COVID. The teacher assessed grades (TAGS) generated in 2021 have not been included in the 2023 performance tables. For our curriculum this means that a year's worth of grades have not been included in the 2023 performance table data.  

In 2021, there was an increase nationally in the grades awarded by the TAGs processes. This will be one of the reasons that this data has been removed from the analysis. The grades which Aylsham High School generated were not inflated. Our 2021 grades were in line with those grades achieved in 2019 and 2022 when students completed exams as normal. Therefore, including these grades in an analysis of the 2023 data would not distort inappropriately the performance data for 2023. The table shows the headline figures for the school based on information contained in the DfE performance table against the school data if all qualifications achieved were included. The national and Norfolk figures are included as a comparison. 


PT measure

AHS 2023





Performance table 2023

Performance table data including all qualifications completed by students





Entering Ebacc





5+ E and M










EBacc average pts





EBacc 5+





Please note that the DfE has asked schools to publish the following message in relation to their performance table data.

“Given the uneven impact of the pandemic on school and college performance data, the government has said you should not make direct comparisons between the performance data for one school or college and another, or to data from previous years.”

Link to the DfE performance table data for Aylsham High School.


The main differences between the DfE and school performance data:

The majority of students will have one option grades not included in the performance table analysis. Including these grades has an impact on the overall progress 8 (P8). This increased from +0.32 to +0.38. The figure for open progress 8 measure (P8 open) also increases, from +0.24 to +0.50, with the inclusion of these grades.



The background data for the class of 2023 shows the cohort were in line with the national average data at the start of their studies at Aylsham High School. The outcomes for this 2023 cohort show that students at Aylsham High School have performed higher than students nationally.

During their studies at Aylsham High School, students have experienced a varied curriculum. 71.9% of the cohort have completed studies within the English Baccalaureate subjects. The flexibility of the curriculum means that alongside these subjects students have also studied drama, art, design technology, PE and music. The percentage of the cohort completing qualifications in these subjects is shown in the table below. Nationally, the number of students being entered for these subjects has declined. 

This means students are leaving Aylsham High School with a wide and varied set of qualifications that will support them on their next steps of their educational journey.


% of AHS students completing qualification

National % change in entries

Art (fine art, graphic communications, textile design)
















Summary of School Leavers' Destinations in 2023

Information about the destinations for our class of 2023 can be found here:

Student Destinations - Aylsham High School


Executive Headteacher Duncan Spalding:

“We are absolutely thrilled once again with the tremendous results achieved by our students and teachers. They have worked so hard and richly deserve their success.  Aylsham High School students are amongst the most consistently high achieving in Norfolk, attaining excellent results year in year out. Their achievements are a cause for great celebration not only in school and at home but also right across the wider Aylsham community.

I am thrilled for each and every one of our students and I wish them the very best for the future as they leave us and go on to fresh and exciting challenges. Not only do they leave us with fabulous results but also hopefully with a love of learning and the confidence that they can hold their own in any situation. It has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege working with them over the years.”

Duncan Spalding, Executive Headteacher