DFE Performance Tables

Students complete their studies at the studio school at the end of KS5 (a 4-year journey Y10, Y11, Y12 and Y13).

All KS5 students follow a sixth form study programme with a vocational learning core aim. In fact, the DFE tables published today place Walsall Studio School in the Top 20% of schools or colleges in England for progress in general applied qualifications and lists the studio school as the top performing school or college in Walsall for attainment in this category.

The DFE performance tables show that students last year achieved an average grade of Distinction (Grade A) and a Progress Score (Value Added) of +0.51. This means that students, on average, achieved more than ½ grade higher than expected, nationally.  

We are very much committed to social mobility at the studio school by supporting and challenging disadvantaged students to achieve the best possible grades and successfully gain opportunities to study at university or progress into employment with professional training. Our disadvantaged students at the end of KS5 bucked the national trend by outperforming non-disadvantaged students in our school.

We are really proud of our students’ success and celebrate with them because, despite the challenges many young people in our local community face, our students have out-performed national expectations every year since the school opened.

Last year more students than ever before progressed into ‘top universities, conservatoires and theatre schools’ including Royal Central School for Speech and Drama, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Leeds College of Music.

All students at the end of studio school study progressed (or are progressing) into Higher Education or employment with training.

  • 65% of students have progressed onto university (with many being the first in their families to do so)
  • 32% have progressed directly into employment including apprenticeships
  • 3% have deferred their university offers to complete a gap year overseas



Walsall Schools and Colleges

Schools and colleges who deliver general applied courses to students have each been listed in the DFE performance tables today with 7 of the top 10 in Walsall achieving point scores and grades above the national average of Merit+ grade.


KS4 Performance Tables (Y11)

Studio schools have an exemption from DFE targets for Ebacc entries and like other 14-19 academies (schools with atypical entry points), progress 8 bandings are not applied. This is because students join in Y10 and complete their studio school education in Y13 (they do not join in Y7 and ‘leave school’ in Y11).

This statement is published on the DFE website.

We have all heard reports of traditional mainstream schools forcing students to study additional modern foreign languages and additional humanities subjects at the expense of the arts and technical qualifications. Students can actually be prevented from developing the skills employers value. Schools do this because it can make them look better in performance tables.  

We are really proud that our students transform into young creative professionals during their 4-year journey with us and progress onto top universities and conservatoires and directly into work with flagship employers.

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