Congratulations to Springfield’s Year 11 students who are today celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results!
Despite being the first year to tackle the more demanding GCSE curriculum, including the change to the 9-1 grading system for Mathematics and English, the students have achieved above expectations and ostensibly improved on the 2016 results for a similar cohort, which were already very good!
Provisional analysis indicates that 72% of students achieved five or more GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, at the new pass level of grade 4 or above; this represents a 6% increase on last year. 73% of Springfield’s students attained a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics - an increase on last year’s 69%, which exceeded both national and local authority average percentages.
An impressive 47% of the 2017 cohort achieved the English Baccalaureate - another 6% improvement on last year’s outcome. The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) comprises a GCSE pass for English, Mathematics, two Sciences, Humanities (History or Geography) and MFL (Modern Foreign Language). Springfield has consistently performed well in the EBacc, entering more students for these qualifications in comparison with many similar schools; the DFE confirmed that our students’ progress in the EBacc was significantly higher than the national average in 2016.
24% of the grades achieved across all subjects were A* or A (grades 7, 8 & 9 in English and Mathematics); a number of our students also demonstrated exceptional performance attaining the new highest level of grade 9 in English and/or Mathematics.
Headteacher, Sara Spivey, commented “It’s been a great morning. Celebrating the individual achievements of all of our students at all ability levels has been a joy! We are very pleased that, despite the additional pressure and uncertainty that the new curriculum has brought to all schools, our students have very much held their own. We wish them every success and happiness in the future.”
Head of Achievement, Sarah Creighton, stated “I am very proud of this year group. They worked extremely hard and deserve their good results. I know that they will go on to achieve even more.”
Congratulations also go to the 47 Year 10 students who successfully passed their Edexcel Level 3 Award in Statistics course, which is equivalent to A Level standard and ‘worth’ 7 UCAS points. An outstanding achievement!
Pictured below a selection of Springfield’s top Year 11 achievers:
Results of those pictured:
Azhar Baree - two A*s, four As, one B, one 6, two 9s
Zoe Bowbrick - two A*s, four As, one B, three 8s
Daniel Claydon - seven A*s, three 9s as well as achieving an A for the Free Standing Maths Qualification which is equivalent to an A-Level
Deborah Mathew - five As, two Bs, one 8 and two 9s
Sabine Newman - three A*s, three As, one B, one 6 and two 8s
Lewis Wells - three A*s, three As, one B, one 6, one 8 and one 9. Lewis achieved full marks in his Spanish exam as well (300 points out of 300).
For more information on the new grading system please view the guidelines below: