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Progress 8 - Excellent every year

The Progress 8 (P8) measure is a secondary school accountability system. It aims to encourage schools to teach a broad curriculum and reward schools that teach all pupils well. It measures pupils’ progress across eight subjects from age 11 to 16.

Freman’s P8 scores have always placed us amongst the top schools nationally. It seems likely that when the final P8 scores for 2023 are published, our P8 will be in line with our previous excellent scores.

The DfE offers a website for school performance that can be accessed here: Compare school performance

Other KS4 (GCSE) measures

Freman College performed exceptionally against all the national measures.

Attainment 8

Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, three English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.

Freman College scored 5048 points in 2023; as usual this is significantly above the national average.

Students achievement in English and Maths GCSEs

The proportion of Freman students achieving high grades in English and in Mathematics exceeds the national average each year. Our 2023 results are compared with the national results from 2019, before disruption due to the Covid pandemic.

English Language results:


Freman 2023

National 2019

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Maths results:


Freman 2023

National 2019

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Pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate is not a test or qualification; it is a measure used to provide information about a particular range of qualifications. A pupil is considered to have ‘achieved’ a standard pass in the English Baccalaureate if they got a grade 4 or better in the following subjects: English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography.

At Freman College the average EBacc score in 2023 was 4.4 compared with the national average of 4.2. (Based on estimated national data available on 6th September).

2023 results

52% of students achieved a Grade 5 or above in English and maths

62% students achieved a Grade 5 or above in English

55% students achieved a Grade 5 or above in maths

Your school’s results, as published on 19 January, show that you are amongst the top five per cent of schools in terms of the progress your pupils make...

Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, March 2017