There were lots of smiling faces this morning as Year 11 students celebrated after collecting their GCSE and BTEC results. Headteacher Andy Byers said, “Students this year have had to cope with a lot: new GCSE courses, a new grading system, more emphasis on final examinations, and the never-ending background chatter in the media about standards.” Given this context, we are delighted with the outcome.
There were some fantastic individual successes. Abigail Moss achieved seven grade 9s and four grade 8s; Emily Mitford achieved eight grade 9s, two grade 8’s and an A*; Lewis Dunn achieved five grade 9s, five grade 8s and an A*; Ellen Heginbottom achieved nine grades at 8 or 9; and Aidan Robinson and Lucas Marlow, all achieved eight grades at 8 or 9. There were other students with similarly good results but they have declined (or not provided) permission to have their results published.
Mr Byers said, “The percentage of students overall achieving a grade 4 or better in English and Maths was 75%, which is 9% higher than last year and is an indicator that the improvements we have made in a short space of time are having a positive impact; especially pleasing was the headline attainment figure which is the percentage of students achieving 5+ in maths and English, which increased by 15% from 2017 to 56%”.
Mr Byers said, “I am delighted that the school has performed so well because that reflects the fact that more individual students have achieved the grades which will allow them to progress into our Sixth Form or onto college or apprenticeship programmes. Although teachers and parents have played a significant role in supporting the students, it is the students themselves who should be congratulated for their tremendous hard work. We will welcome many of these students back into our Sixth Form next year, but whatever they choose to do, I wish them well.”