Pupils at four local schools joined 700,000 across the country in receiving their GCSE grades this week.
Wellington School’s results have delivered “another strong year with nearly three quarters of the entry scoring A*-B grades, 43% at A*-A.”
Headmaster, Henry Price, said, ‘I am very pleased with this set of results and I would like to congratulate all the pupils for their hard work. We had well over a hundred pupils sitting GCSE examinations this year and I am delighted by so many individual success stories contained in these statistics.
The Sciences and Mathematics as well as Latin (and Greek) were the best performing departments in terms of A* grades with percentages between 37-50%, but there has been a great deal of hard work by staff across all departments in helping pupils achieve and often exceed their expectations.
Heads of Department are looking at any results that do not match our expectations and I am sure that some re-marks will bring further improvement.”
Uffculme School students and staff are celebrating after achieving “the best ever GCSE results. 84% of the year group achieved the gold standard of 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths in a context which has seen more turbulence and change to the examination system than any in recent years. Almost every student in the school achieved at least 5 passes at GCSE or equivalent and 90% achieved these at C or above. The % of A and A* grades is also up on previous years.”
Headteacher Lorraine Heath said: “These remarkable results are the culmination of five years of hard work and reflect students’ outstanding commitment to their studies alongside the very positive relationships which they have built up with their teachers.
“We are all absolutely delighted that these young people have done so well. They are without doubt the best results in the history of the school. Despite a national context of rising grade boundaries and mixed messages around the validity of GCSES, the students have secured outcomes which are truly exceptional. They prove that the powerful combination of a strong culture which values hard work and success, talented young people, determination and excellent teaching really does pay off. The results achieved this year exceed even our most ambitious projections and this is the fifth consecutive year that at least 80% of the cohort have achieved 5 or more A*-C passes including English and Maths. These students can be justifiably proud of their achievements, secure in the knowledge that they can now go on to do whatever they want.”
Kingsmead School recorded their “best ever results. 77% achieved 5 A* – C grades including Maths and English. Congratulations to the students, their families and all the staff at Kingsmead. 96% achieved 5 A*to G and 40% achieved the EBACC.”
Headteacher Mark Griffin said: “The achievement and attainment of students this year is absolutely outstanding by any measure. Results such as these do not happen by accident but through a combination of hard work, dedication and perseverance by students, their families and all staff. I am humbled by their achievements and proud of them all.”
Court Fields School Head Rachael Bennett congratulated pupils on some fine results but said that staff were investigating concerns about grade boundaries, particularly in English, before releasing the final statistics tomorrow. It is likely that the school would request a considerable number of re-marks.
Nationally, GCSE grades A* to C have risen slightly this year, but top A* and A grades have edged down. The proportion of A* to C grades rose to 69%, up from 68.8% last year, but A* grades fell by 0.1 percentage points. Head teachers’ leader Brian Lightman warned of “volatility” in results for some individual schools. But Michael Turner, Director General for the Joint Council for Qualifications, said: “At a national level there is very little change in this year’s results but we do see educational policies continuing to have an effect on entry patterns and results at a subject level. This is particularly the case in English, mathematics and the sciences.”