Students at St John Fisher have been celebrating excellent GCSE results this morning which reflect a significant improvement on the previous year.
English and Maths saw increases on the previous year of 7% and 5% respectively in the percentage of students gaining a C or better. Around half the students achieved five or more passes at C or above.
Among the highest performing students were Iga Zlotucha with 5 A*s, 5As and 2 Bs and Finley Allen with 2A*s, 8As and 1 B. There was praise for Mantas Paskevicius who achieved 100% in his Sports Studies GCSE exam, a very rare feat in an a written examination.
Of the students that studied the so-called EBacc subjects, 53% achieved a C or better in every subject.
Headteacher Sean Hayes said: “We are delighted with this year’s results which reflect the hard work and commitment of both students and staff. Students rose to the challenge of different expectations and new courses with many making exceptional progress during their time with us.
The new performance measures are a welcome improvement and now accurately reflect the work that we do with each individual student regardless of their starting point. We look forward to their publication next month.
I would like to congratulate all of our students on their results and on their behalf thank their teachers.”
In previous years all schools’ and academies examination results were measured on how many students achieved 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Mathematics. From this year all students, schools and academies are measured on how much progress their students make from their achievement at KS2 in Year 6 to when they complete their exams at the end of Year 11. This is known as Progress 8 and was designed to encourage all students to study a broad and balanced curriculum. The progress 8 measure is based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects and is a comparison of their progress against the progress of all other students nationally. As the results of all students need to be analysed to calculate this measure this headline figure will not be available from the Department for Education until Late September.
Initial calculations suggest that our Progress 8 figure will be positive, indicating that students made more progress than other students nationally.