Results and Performance Tables

Key Stage 4 Results

The Year 11 students have achieved yet another set of impressive results.  Not only are students celebrating their individual successes, but the whole school is delighted with a set of results that continues to improve every year since opening.

This summer’s results have seen the number of our Year 11 students achieving five or more GCSE’s grades including English and Maths increasing once again.

GCSE English students achieved an impressive 63% A*- C grades with higher than the national average number of students achieving or exceeding their expected grades. Maths is also celebrating a 5% rise in the number of A*and A grades being awarded, despite a national decline in the number of top grades.

Other success stories include 94% of students gaining an A*-C in GCSE Spanish, as well as over 90% of students gaining A*-C in GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry.  Our Performing Arts Directorate are celebrating after not only producing some breath taking shows and performances this year, but capping it all off with outstanding results this summer: Drama, Music and Dance all had A*- C pass rates over 80%, with Dance achieving a fantastic A* and A pass rate of 57%.

We are very proud of our Year 11 students, who were in fact our first Year 7 cohort when we opened North Durham Academy back in 2011. They have all worked extremely hard and deserve their success.

Among the students who were celebrating were:

Katerina Dubov who achieved 9 A*grades, 3 A grades and 1 B grade.

Joe Daglish who achieved 8 A* grades and 2 A grades

Sam Dawson who achieved 1 A* grade, 7 A grades, 2 B grades and 1 C grade

These GCSE successes are not the end of the story for our Year 11 students however, as we are delighted to welcome back a record number of Year 11 students back into our sixth form which continues to establish its reputation for excellent A Level results and progression on to top universities.

Progress 8 score -0.4
Attainment 8 score 43.9
Percentage of students who achieved a good pass in English and Maths 47%
Percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate combination of subjects (this means students who got a GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a Language, and History or Geography) 15%
Student destinations - students staying in education or going into employment. 87%

Based on NDAs Key Stage 4 results the DfE has informed New College Durham Academies Trust that it meets the definition of a coasting school. For your information the coasting school definition can be found at:

We are currently working with the DfE and our co-sponsor Durham County Council to ensure we raise and accelerate standards under the leadership of the newly appointed Principal. We will keep you informed of any further developments, including actions to be taken to improve the performance of the school.

Key Stage 5

An impressive 100% of students were accepted onto their chosen universities. Given the intense competition surrounding university admissions, we are especially proud of our students for their success in achieving their desired destinations. For more information about the destination achieved by our Key Stage 5 students see our NDA16+ section.

Progress students have made in English


Progress students have made in Maths


Progress students have made compared with students across England:


Applied General (Average against National) +0.04
Academic:  (Average against National) 


A Level (Average against Nat)  -0.23

The average grade that students in your sixth form get at 16 to 19 study (KS5):

Applied General (National D) D*
Academic (National C)  C-
A Level (Nat C) D+
Student ‘retention’ (the percentage of students who get to the end of their study programme) 83%
Student ‘destinations’ (the percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study) 93.7%


Department for Education School Performance Tables

Department for Education School Performance Tables

The performance tables continue to sit at the heart of the accountability framework. They focus the debate on standards and strengthen the accountability of schools and colleges, providing a reliable and accessible source of comparative information on pupil attainment and progress. The performance tables present this information alongside wider contextual data including Ofsted, absence, workforce and finance data, presenting users with a wider understanding of the setting in which schools are operating.

Ofsted School Data Dashboard

Ofsted School Data Dashboard