It was fantastic spending Thursday celebrating the amazing results of our class of 2016 with students, parents and staff and a true reflection of all the hard work and dedication that has taken place. Initial analysis demonstrates:
1. Over 11% students achieved 8 x A*-A
2. 60.7% students achieved 1 x A*-A
3. 53% of students achieved 8 x A* - C grades including English and Maths
4. 100% of students achieved a qualification
5. Over 71% of students made at least expected progress in English
6. Over 70% of students made at least expected progress in Maths
7. Nearly 40% of students made better than expected progress in Maths
8. Nearly 30% of students made better than expected progress in English
9. 46 different qualifications were offered, demonstrating the breadth of our curriculum; 12 of these subjects achieved 100% A*-C, 4 achieved 100% A*-A and 6 achieved 100% A*-B
The historical headline school measure of the % of students achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and Maths, is now being replaced with measures called Attainment and Progress 8. Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a student makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value added measure, which means that students’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other students with the same prior attainment. Although we will need to wait until national results are analysed, early indications, based on last year’s benchmarks, show our students are making significant progress compared to other schools nationally.
Although the above shows how we as a school have performed, the most important outcome of these results is how we have prepared our students for the next stage of their education and the doors that have been opened for them to ensure they have every opportunity to fulfil their dreams and ambitions. In addition, we are far more than simply producing the best possible examination results. Our curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, alongside the outstanding pastoral support, help to develop a truly well-rounded student who is equipped to face and embrace the exciting challenges that lie ahead. The vast majority of our Year 11 students will return to study in our excellent 6th form; a testament of our success and acknowledgement of their faith in our ability to help them continue to flourish and develop.
It is an honour and privilege to work alongside such dedicated and committed staff and I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them on behalf of our students, parents and Leadership Team.
We have plenty of photographs which capture the celebrations and reactions. These will be published shortly once permission has been granted by students and parents to do so upon our return on the 5th September. I wish students, parents and staff a thoroughly enjoyable final week of the holiday and look forward to an exciting year ahead.
Paul Collins (Head of School)