GCSE Results 2017

24th August 2017

We will admit to having been a little more nervous than usual in the run up to results day this year. Whilst things in school had felt good and we were pretty confident we would do very well, this was the first cohort to sit the new GCSE courses in English and Maths and, with all the uncertainties that come with such big changes, there was definitely tension in the air.

In the event, we did not need to worry at all. The results are exceptionally strong, especially in English and Maths, and we are absolutely delighted.

The new grading structure makes direct comparisons with previous years difficult, but we can be fairly sure of a few key points – and certainly of the general pattern.

Grade 4 is intended to reflect an ‘old’ Grade C. This means that we can make a direct comparison on the key measure of what the government calls the ‘basics’ measure. On this, we saw a fabulous 82% of students gaining 4+ (i.e. A*-C) in English and Maths. This is 5% higher than last year and the best the school has seen for many years – if not ever.

The government is keen to make the number of students gaining 5+ grades in English and Maths a key measure. Direct comparisons with previous years here are impossible (a grade 5 roughly equates to the top third of the old C grade and the bottom third of a B grade). However, we are similarly delighted to be able to report that 65% of students gained 5+ grades in English and Maths and we will be surprised if many schools in the country better this.

At the top end, we are also saw excellent results again, with 27% of students gaining an impressive five or more A* or A grades (n.b. the new grade 7 is a direct equivalent of the ‘old’ A grade). 61% of students managed to get at least one A* or A grade and a grand total of forty seven students (16%) gained at least eight A*/A grades.

There are so many individual success stories at all levels – and far too many to list here – but we would especially like to celebrate those who achieved a remarkable five A* grades (or grade 8/9 in English and Maths). Their names are below and we take our hats off to them:

Dylan Boston, Jessica Baillie, Jordan Bushnell, Joel Davies, Phoebe Day, Elliot Down, Charlotte Ensor, Eloise Fairhurst, Lauren Gandy, Rebecca Hamer, Elisha Henry, Luke Hodgkinson, Adam Hoskinson, Sian John, Nicholas Jaini, Ben Jeffery, Joe Johnson, Alice Lohan Ganley, Patrick McCahery, Christopher Mundy, Isobel Reader, Robert Reid, Olivia Shackley, Brooke Shay, Mathilde Tavernier, Hannah Walsh and Jake Wernham.

Outside of English and Maths, we can also report strong results. For example, at least 75% of students gained A*-C grades in: Art, Biology, Catering, Chemistry, Dance, History, Geography, German, Graphics, Music, Spanish, Statistics, PE, Photography, Psychology, Physics, Textiles.

All in all, it has been a wonderful day. Watching students opening envelopes and seeing their faces as it dawns on them how well they have done is one of the best bits of the job and, from a headteacher’s perspective, it is just as rewarding to see the looks of pride on the teachers’ faces.

Really well done to everyone involved; I know how hard people have worked and it is lovely to see so many students doing so well and the school continuing to make such big strides forward.

Gwyn Williams