2019 Results

Headline Figures

The data summarised below is that used by the government when comparing schools in league tables.

Further details, including some of our students’ stories can be read here.

Pass Rate: 100%

Retention: 100%

Average Grade: A- (48.2)

Average of Best 3 Grades: A (49.2)

Proportion of High Grades (A*, A or B): 91%

Proportion of A* or A grades: 69%

Progress (value added) Score: 0.79


For us, this is the most important measure; are our students achieving better than would be expected based on their prior performance?

We can say a resounding “Yes”.  All groups of students achieved positive Value Added Scores, on average achieving over three quarters of a grade higher per subject than expected based on achievement in GCSEs and over a whole grade higher in Mathematics.

Destinations 2020

Headline Figures


of students have secured places at University or have work or training


of students have firmly accepted places at University, including degree apprenticeships


of students are attending Oxbridge

University No. %
Bath 3 5
Birmingham 3 5
Birmingham City 1 2
Bristol 3 5
Cambridge 4 6
Cardiff 1 2
Durham 3 5
Dyson Apprenticeship 1 2
Edinburgh 3 5
Exeter 2 3
Goldman Sachs Apprenticeship 1 2
Hull 1 2
Imperial College London 2 3
Leeds 2 3
Leicester 2 3
Liverpool 1 2
Loughborough 1 2
Manchester 1 2
Oxford 6 10
Plymouth 1 2
Reading 1 2
Sheffield 2 3
Southampton 3 5
St Andrews 1 2
Surrey 1 2
Swansea 1 2
Warwick 5 9
Subject / Course  No. %
Architectural Engineering 1 2
Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science 2 3
Biomedical Engineering 1 2
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering 1 2
Chemistry 1 2
Chemistry and Physics 1 2
Computer Science 5 9
Computer Science with Innovation 1 2
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1 2
Electronic Engineering 1 2
Engineering 2 3
General Engineering 1 2
Geology 1 2
Geophysics with Geology 1 2
Mathematics 10 17
Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, Economics 1 2
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 2
Mathematics and Philosophy 3 5
Mathematics with Economics 1 2
Mechanical Engineering 5 9
Nuclear Science and Materials 1 2
Operating Department Practice 1 2
Physics 7 11
Physics with Astrophysics 2 3
Physics with Innovation 1 2
Physics with Philosophy 1 2
Renewable Energy Engineering 1 2

Previous Results

Measure  2019 2018  2017 2016
 Pass rate  100% 100%  100%  100%
 Retention rate  100% 100%  100%  100%
 Average Grade  A- (48.2) A- (45.0)  B+ (44.3)  B+ (43.4)
 Average of best 3 grades  A (49.2) A- (46.8)  A- (45.9)  B- (45.1)
 Proportion of high grades (A*, A or B)  91% 83%  81%  79%
 Proportion of A/A* grades  69% 63%  59%  51%
 Proportion achieving AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects  71% 56%  56%  49%
 Progress score (value added)  0.79 0.59  0.55  0.45

Ofsted Inspection 2017

Ofsted Outstanding

The school’s first full inspection took place from the 24th to the 26th January 2017. Ofsted have judged the school to be Outstanding in all categories.

A copy of the full report is available on the Ofsted website.

Overall effectiveness – Outstanding

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management – Outstanding

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment – Outstanding

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare – Outstanding

Outcomes for Learners – Outstanding

16 to 19 Study Programmes – Outstanding

  • The school’s core vision and values, as established at its foundation by Exeter University and Exeter College, are meticulously designed to cultivate the talents of young mathematicians and scientists.
  • As a result of the culture that governors and senior leaders have developed, learners and staff pursue their passion for mathematics and science creatively by experimenting, challenging, debating and collaborating with each other.
  • Senior leaders use frequent discussions about teaching, insightful feedback and effective professional development to ensure that teaching is of the highest quality.
  • Senior leaders successfully recruit young people who have not previously had the opportunity to fulfil their potential in mathematics and science. They use the temporary grant for bursaries well to recruit learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Currently, the number of female learners is slightly below that of males.
  • The school provides very good residential accommodation for learners who cannot travel daily to the school; as a result, learners improve their independence and ability to care for themselves.
  • Learners make excellent progress and secure A-level grades well above those expected, given their prior achievement.
  • Outstanding teaching, learning, assessment and support ensure that learners develop high levels of confidence and enthusiasm for their studies and that they work hard to achieve excellent problem-solving skills.
  • All learners progress to university or into employment befitting the skills and knowledge they have developed at Exeter Mathematics School.
  • Learners undertake inspiring projects that extend their skills and knowledge significantly beyond the demands of their A-level courses.
  • The excellent projects set by industry and academics ensure that learners develop the ability to work independently, carry out research assiduously and present their findings confidently.
  • Teachers and support staff employ their excellent knowledge and understanding of each learner to provide outstanding pastoral and academic support, which contribute to learners’ excellent attainment of high grades in examinations, and significantly improve their personal skills.

Inspection of Residential Provision – September 2018

This was the school’s second inspection of residential provision and took place from the 17th to the 19th September 2018.

The inspection findings were aligned to our own self assessment and we were found to be Outstanding in all categories.

A copy of the full inspection report is available on the Ofsted website.

Overall judgment – Outstanding

Experiences and progress of young people – Outstanding

How well young people are helped and protected– Outstanding

The effectiveness of leaders and managers – Outstanding

  • Staff and students work in partnership producing an environment where students thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Uniqueness is valued.  The service provided is bespoke, and students make life-changing progress.
  • Leaders and managers are inspirational.  They lead by example and make decisions that are informed by research, experience and from meaningful consultation with students.
  • The staff adapt their approach and the school’s residential provision to meet the needs of individual students.  Students quickly realize that they can trust the staff to keep them safe, thus enabling the students to make progress.
  • Students who access residential accommodation make better progress educationally than day students.  This progress is also above the national average.
  • Governance of the school is supportive, challenging and thorough.  Leadership and management is strong and effective.
  • While safeguarding records contain a wealth of information, the records are not always concise and well ordered.
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