Two local schools drawing pupils from Wellington, Castle and Kingsmead, have posted fine GCSE results. On the school website and on social media Castle school’s head teacher Sarah Watson said, “We have had yet another fantastic set of results. According to the BBC, ‘only a few hundred will get a clean sweep of 9s’ and at The Castle School there are 24 students who achieved more than 7 grade 9s. 78% of students achieved the old measure of at least 5 A-C including English and Maths equivalent.
“About 60% of the year group attained grade 7-9 in at least one of their GCSEs (this is equivalent to the old A/A*). A fabulous achievement and very well deserved. 84 students in total achieved grades 7-9 in at LEAST three of their GCSEs, with 60 achieving grades7-9 in at LEAST 5 GCSEs. Amazingly, 48 students achieved grades 7-9 in at least 7 subjects.
“Students did particularly well in Music, Textiles and triple Science, especially Physics. Languages at The Castle School are particularly strong, with four languages taught: Mandarin, German, Spanish and French.”
Mrs Watson added, “As a comprehensive school, we are proud of every one of our students and for some students, even though their attainment was not as high, their results represent outstanding achievement and we are proud of every single one of them.
“We always teach children about positive thinking and resilience and this shows in the results. The relationships between students, and between staff and students, is what defines our school and so it is no surprise that staff here give up so much time to work with our students, lunchtimes, after schools but holidays as well. The result is not only seen in the exam performance but in the quality of experience children have here, and they leave us as successful delightful young people who will contribute to society and thrive. What matters most is that our students can now go onto the next stage of their lives and achieve everything they want to.
“Congratulations to all the young people in Taunton and Somerset who have faced immense pressure this year with the significant changes to the way they are assessed, and with considerably more demanding content of all subjects that have been marked under the new system.”
Mrs Watson paid tribute to the staff at The Castle School: “In a time when there is a national shortage of teachers, we are very fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the UK, continually producing the very best exam results. I know those students and their families would wish to recognise the outstanding support the staff at The Castle School give.”
Pupils and staff at Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe, are also celebrating excellent GCSE results. The school’s website said, “The headline figures of Grade 5+ and Grade 4+ in both English and maths are 42 per cent and 67 per cent respectively.
“Initial estimates suggest that the progress made by students is very impressive with a Progress 8 score of +0.67, which means students have on average achieved more than half a grade higher than their targets based on outcomes at Key Stage 2.”
Outgoing head teacher Mark Griffin said: “This is another great set of results for Kingsmead students.
“It is testimony to the hard work of teachers, support staff and students supported by their parents.
“We know that this year’s exams were harder than in any previous year which makes the achievements of the students even more praiseworthy. I am sure that the school will go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
In the country as a whole 20.5% of pupils achieved levels 7, 8 and 9 – the equivalent of grades A and A* in previous years and 66.9% achieved levels 4 and above which is the equivalent of pass grades of C or more.
Results from Court Fields School, Wellington, have not yet been published.