GCSE Results Day
GCSE Results day this year, on Thursday 24th August, was an eagerly awaited day. Perhaps more so this year than even previous years due to the new numerical grades for the reformed English and Maths GCSEs.
Students arrived to collect envelopes and celebrate their achievements with their friends as they opened them. Notts TV, Gem FM and the Nottingham Post all had journalists at the school keen to discover the impact of the new grades and to speak with our pupils as they were finding out whether they had secured the grades to lead into their next steps in education or employment.
We would like to congratulate all those pupils who took exams this year. Pupils worked hard in the build up to the exams and conducted themselves incredibly well in a mature way during the exam season. We look forward to welcoming many of them back into the Sixth Form in September and wish those who are leaving us for other pursuits every successes for their futures.
This year the accountability measures for schools have changed with the introduction of the new grades. Previously we have been measured on the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at C grade or higher including English and Maths. This year the measure is 5 GCSEs at C grade or higher with a Grade 4 or higher in English or English Literature and a Grade 4 or higher in Maths. 76% of students achieved the new threshold measure.
An additional measure focussing on a specific set of subjects known as Ebacc (English, Maths, Languages, Geography/History and Science/Computing) has been introduced in recent years. This year 23% of our pupils achieved a strong pass (Grades 5 or higher in English and Maths and C or higher in the other subjects) and 28% achieved a Good Pass (Grades 4 or higher in English and Maths and C or higher in the other subjects).
Further measures regarding the average progress made by pupils in their best 8 grades in a set of given subjects (Progress 8) will be calculated later in the year when the national data is available.