All pupils sit a test in Year 7 and the score in this test is turned into a series of GCSE predictions against which our results can be measured. The tests are organised by the CEM centre at the Univeristy of Durham – and the value we add is compared to all schools nationally. Across the board in 2020 we averaged +0.7 – pupils achieved over two-thirds of a grade higher on average in every single GCSE exam taken once student ability is taken into account and compared to other schools.
We are proud of our external examination results, and particularly in our record of securing places for individuals at their first choice university. Our small group sizes, expert tuition and individual support ensure that every individual redefines and achieves their own potential.
The highest grades do not necessarily represent the greatest achievements and the benefits of the unique education at the Dixie Grammar School are not always measurable by an exam or easily represented by statistics. Our students have hit the academic heights, but have also been challenged with four weeks trekking across Madagascar last summer, whilst others have enjoyed a breath-taking trip to China. Academic excellence is at the heart of the Dixie Grammar School, but we are not driven entirely by academic results. Manners, employability and leadership skills, initiative, confidence without arrogance, loyalty, persistence, resilience, honesty and self-assurance are given equal value; we understand that happy students learn most effectively.