Exam Results

We are proud of the fantastic GCSE results achieved by our year 11 students. Our students were always on course to have a significantly improved year for The Dorcan Academy in terms of progress; and despite the Government announcing that we were returning to pre-pandemic levels (2019) have surpassed their counterparts in this key performance measure.

Utilising a comparator of over 200,000 students to measure our progress scores as an indicator, we have seen a significantly improved increase compared to 2022, and a consistent sustained improvement following our expected trajectory from before the pandemic.

Whilst the Attainment 8 score has dropped marginally, this was projected (the average GCSE score across the students’ top 8 GCSE’s), due to the prior attainment achieved by our students in primary school.

Progress 8-0.05-0.46-0.17-0.29
Attainment 841.1343.2442.9541.7
EBacc APS3.533.783.783.55
English and Maths 9-529.3%42.5%36.7%34.3%
English and Maths 9-454.15%61.1%58.5%59.4%

Students arrive at The Dorcan Academy with a KS2 standardised score that allows students to be compared to students who did the same as them nationally. The 2022-23 cohort have improved in terms of progress, but many of the students possessed a stronger ability in either English or Maths and therefore students have still made good progress in the areas they may not have been as strong in, with regards to attaining a grade 4.

In 2023 over 29% of our students achieved English and Maths at grade 5 or above, In addition, over 54% of students achieved English and Maths at grade 4 or above. (Grade 4 is equated to the legacy pass at C grade).  These results reflect the sustainable and continued progress of our students.

In English, over 68% achieved grades 9-4 (the equivalent of legacy pass at C or above); this is an improvement on 2022, and nearly 49% of our students attained 9-5 in at least one of their English qualifications.

In Maths, over 63% achieved grades 9-4, and nearly 38% achieved grades 9 to 5.

In Science, 58% achieved the equivalency of least one grade 9-4 (minimum of a grade 43), and 33.6% achieved the equivalency of at least one grade 9-5 (minimum of a grade 54)

EBacc Information

In 2023, 30.1% of students were entered for the EBacc suite of qualifications, with an average points’ score of 3.51. 50% of the students entered obtained a standard pass, at grades 9 to 4, with 20% of students obtaining a strong pass, at grades 9-5.

Destination Data

According to the Department for Education, our most recent destination data shows that, of the 147 students who left The Dorcan Academy in 2017-18, 96% went on to sustained education, employment, or training. We continue to be significantly above the national average of students who at post-16 attend further education and are significantly above the national average of students who are in a sustained apprenticeship.

We are currently on track in all areas of the Government’s Gatsby Standards which ensure the quality of Careers provision.

The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
Switchboard: 01793 525231
Fax: 01793 431461
Email: enquiries@dorcan.co.uk
The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.