Value Added is the independently verified statistical measure which many schools in the UK, including Walthamstow Hall, use to track the academic progress of students from Year 7 to Year 11 and again from Year 12 to Year 13.
Alongside many other UK maintained and independent schools Walthamstow Hall submits data to the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Cambridge University Press & Assessment each year. They use the data to produce value added scores and a ranking for each school.
Value Added at A Level
To assess value added at Sixth Form, schools provide CEM with two sets of data, two years apart. The first set of data is submitted when students join Year 12. At this stage, the students complete a Cognitive Ability Test, called ALIS, which provides a baseline of their ability in different areas. CEM uses this data to predict the likely A Level outcomes for each student. Two years later, schools submits the second set of data i.e. actual versus predicted grades are overlaid and the difference between the two gives the value added score.
Since 2017, we have been consistently ranked in the top 25% of independent schools. In 2023 we were ranked in the top 6% of independent and state sector schools. This is a fantastic achievement and is our best since 2015, discounting the pandemic years of 2020-1, when exams were assessed differently.
Value added scores are a fantastic indicator of the quality of a curriculum and the teaching which delivers it. Walthamstow Hall consistently achieves high value added scores, with pupils gaining grades higher than the grades predicted for them.