Meeting with Year 11 students and their parents on GCSE results day was a lovely experience. There were some outstanding results with 42 students achieving 5 or more A/A*'s matching the performance of their grammar school counterparts.
Matthew Lennard was our top scorer with 9 A*'s closely followed by Ellie and Rosie Bowers and Joe Rackham who all achieved 8 A*'s.
46 students in Year 9 achieved A* to C grade in GCSE Statistics.
Congratulations also to 5 of our Year 8 students who all took and achieved A* in the AQA Level 1 Project and 6 students in Year 9 who achieved 2 B's and 4 A*'s in the Higher Level Project. These qualifications are precursors to the extended project taken by 6th formers. Students have to prepare a dissertation based on their own research and make a formal presentation of their findings. This really challenges them and extends their thinking.
However, there were disappointments brought about by the C grade boundary in Mathematics moving up by 8 marks and the iGCSE English grade boundary shifting up by 3 marks with adjustments to course work disadvantaging students further. We are also concerned with the quality of marking of the iGCSE exam papers which threw up a number of anomalies. We will be asking for a significant number of papers to be remarked. This has been a National issue that has particularly hit those students who have worked so hard to achieve a C grade only to be faced with a raising of the bar to such an extent that they have one grade lower than students of similar ability and effort last year. It seems now that grades for these students will, in the future, be dependent on the profile and number of students taking that exam and not on their subject competency.
I do hope parents who have had to deal with this disappointment and support their children through it will make their feelings known. Our students are people, not numbers and this sort of process will completely demotivate similar students in years to come.
Our Year 11 students have been a delightful group of young people who have worked so well with their staff and have made it such a pleasure to teach and support them.