GCSE Exam Results 2017
Excellent GCSE results at Brine Leas School once again mark 2017 as an outstanding success
The move from A* to G to 9 to 1 means that this year’s results cannot be meaningfully compared to those of previous years. All subjects except English and maths have been graded using existing measures of A* to G. However, the new 5 grade straddles part of a C to a B grade whilst the new grade 9 will only be awarded to 3% of the country. A grade 4 is defined as being a pass grade. To determine if the school has done well it can compare to internal targets that were set whilst it waits for the publication of Progress 8 data which will compare student performance at BLS with schools across the country.
The percentage of students gaining a pass (which equates to level 4 or above in 5 or more subjects including English and maths) is 79%. Over 5% of students from BLS gained a 9 in English, English Literature or maths. Across the board 29 students averaged better than an A in their Attainment 8 subjects. In terms of targets the school has met or exceeded virtually all internal measures. 24% of students gained an A* to A (or equivalent). With the new grade 9 included in the Attainment 8 figures 4 students averaged better than an A* and deserve recognition; Charlie Wilson, Luc Parry, Georgina Hardy and Tom Taylor. Overall the Attainment 8 figure is provisionally 50 with 25% achieving the E Bacc.
The gap between disadvantaged students and others has closed significantly from previous years. Students with an EHCP also performed above target.
It is worth commending many subject areas; in English 89% gained a 4 or better whilst in Maths the figure was 82%. In English 76% gained a 5 or better whilst in English Literature the figure was 71%. Working on the old system of grading in Triple science the figure for A* and A’s was over 50%. 16 individual subjects saw 25% or more of their students gain an A or an A*. Latin results came in with 100% at A or A*.
Andrew Cliffe, Headteacher, commented,
‘Students can only do their very best, supported by great teaching and families. This year the pattern across the board is outstanding with many students exceeding their wildest expectations whether that be 12 A*’s or a set of E and F’s. With a hybrid system of grading the 2017 results will be confusing for many people to understand but over time the headline figures will be comparable from year to year. However, we believe that this set of results are, once again, excellent.’
A Level Exam Results 2017
It’s an excellent year once again with students in BL6 performing incredibly well to match last two year’s best ever results. The target grades were set high and many students have surpassed their expected grades.
In summary the headlines are 29% of grades awarded were A* or A, 51% were A* to B, 75% were A* to C. A remarkable four students gained A*’s in all subjects studied with another ten gaining A*’s and A’s in every subject; many did equally well given their target grades and, in the case of a number of students, in the face of real adversity. One hundred and nineteen students came away with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) all of which were A* to D, with 94% of students gaining A*-C.
There are some fantastic success stories, be those gaining vocational qualifications or those going down the more traditional A level route. During the year they have also taken advantage of all the enrichment opportunities on offer, such as work experience, charity fund raising and EPQ in BL6 to make themselves ready for the next stage of their lives.