Disappointing GCSE results for some Peterborough schools

The Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough. Photo: Paul Franks
The Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough. Photo: Paul Franks

While many teenagers have been celebrating their results, for some schools in Peterborough this year has seen disappointing and poor overall pass marks.

Just 19 per cent of pupils at The Voyager Academy achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths - down from 40 per cent the previous two years.

Scott Hudson, Principal of The Voyager Academy said, “We are extremely disappointed with this year’s GCSE results. Our immediate concern is supporting those students who did not achieve the results they needed or expected. I will be at the Academy today, along with teaching and leadership staff, to ensure each student is spoken with on an individual basis. It is crucial that these students are given a clear sense of what options are available to them, and what happens next.

“The results were unexpectedly low, and we are in the process of appealing a number of papers which we think have been unfairly marked. I will be working with my Board of Governors and Comberton Academy Trust to conduct a full and thorough analysis of the results, and to identify how we can implement positive change quickly and robustly across the school.”

Hampton College also saw a drop in the number of pupils gaining the benchmark qualifications.

Last year 75 per cent of pupils scored five or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics. But this year just 50 per cent gained the qualifications.

Head teacher Helen Price said: “We knew that this year’s GCSE attainment would not be as strong as the last couple of years, based on the intake profile of the year group. The progress students have made during their time at Hampton College is pleasing, with 72% of students making expected progress across the core subjects of English and Mathematics.

“However, we are disappointed with the overall headline figure for the school, which is below the level we had been predicting. Therefore, we will be going through the results carefully and will be requesting re-marks for some students in a number of subjects.”

And there was a drop in pupils getting top marks at Ken Stimpson school.

Last year 47.4 per cent of pupils scored 5 A*-C grades including English and maths, compared to 44 per cent this year.

Principal Richard Lord said: “Whilst pleased with many aspects of this set of results, we were genuinely surprised with some of the outcomes in GCSE Maths with a number of students predicted to achieve high grade passes not doing so. The substantial increase in grade boundaries appear to have affected this group more than others and we will look to challenge some of these results.”

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