This year sees the introduction by the Government of new GCSEs in the majority of subjects, including a new 9-1 grading system for these subjects.
To ensure that students this year are not disadvantaged, Ofqual, the independent regulator, has ensured that the number of students getting new grades 9-4 will be the same nationally as gained grades A*-C last year. We are delighted that the hard work and the commitment shown by staff and students have resulted in pleasing results across all subjects.
Outstanding individual results:
30 out of 186 (16%) students gained 2 or more top grades (7, 8 and 9/A*-A).
10: Charlotte Bramall, Bethany Clarke, Abbie Thompson.
9: Eleanor Chesterton, Georgia Davies, Alicia Hill, Amy Jones, Riya Patel.
8: Madalaine Ellis, Phoebe Freeston, Emily Newbould.
7: Molly Brookfield, Erin Flanagan, Rebecca Howsham, Brooke Morley.
6: Herbie Colton, Jasmine Harper, Dylan Pickering, Emily Wallace.
5: Amy Ludlam, Matthaios Markatis, Ella Taylor, Max Barker.
4: Jessica Commerford, Michael Gavrilov, Georgia Hawcroft, Archie Holmes, Megan Hovey, Luke Jackson, Liberty Marshall.
- Virtually all students gained at least one A*-G/9-1. This is particularly pleasing because we are a truly comprehensive school taking the full range of ability.
- The percentage of students gaining 9-4 (equivalent to A*-C) in English and mathematics this year is 61.7%, an increase of 5.7% from last year.
- The percentage of students gaining a grade 5 or above in English and mathematics also showed an improvement from last year, up 7.3%, to 38.3% this year.
- 5% of students gained at least one 9-4/A*-C grade showing that the curriculum is sufficiently broad and flexible so that virtually all students can gain a 9-4/A*-C in at least one subject.
These are excellent results which have been achieved by a complete cross-section of students. Eckington School is a mixed comprehensive which offers places to all young people regardless of ability. Academic achievement is regarded as an important aspect of the education we provide but not the only aspect and we do not manipulate entry to either courses or examinations to improve outcomes.
We believe that a number of factors have contributed to our success, of which the hard work of the students themselves, the support of their parents and the skill and commitment of our teachers are most significant. Joining the LEAP Academy Trust has helped us to make improvements and we look forward to working with them going forward to further enhance the outcomes of our students.
For several years, we have used a system of target setting and monitoring at GCSE in which students are given a clear indication very early in their course as to the results we expect. This is based on a subject by subject analysis of previous performance. At the same time, students are challenged to exceed these expectations. Many students have risen to this challenge magnificently. Within this process regular monitoring allowed us to give encouragement throughout and to address any issues for those in danger of underachieving before it became too late.
Principal Mrs Burgess said “I am delighted with our GCSE results, which are much improved from last year. Our students have worked very hard to achieve this standard and have been very well supported by our dedicated staff. These improved outcomes demonstrate increasing effectiveness of high-quality teaching, coupled with strong management systems and teamwork. We are pleased with these outcomes but are not complacent and will seek to work together with LEAP to build on this achievement”.