Results overshadowed by exam grading row

WHAT A RESULT! Some of the Prince Henry’s High School pupils who received their GCSE results last week. From left to right: Robert Mayer, Zoe Pillar, Charlotte Abdy, Lucy Anderson, Anna Scott, Elis Jones and Matthew Dixson.

WHAT A RESULT! Some of the Prince Henry’s High School pupils who received their GCSE results last week. From left to right: Robert Mayer, Zoe Pillar, Charlotte Abdy, Lucy Anderson, Anna Scott, Elis Jones and Matthew Dixson.

First published in Evesham Vale

HIGH-FLIERS scored some of the best GCSE results Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham has ever seen.

The star pupil was Robert Maher who achieved 11 A* grades and one A grade while Charlotte Rimell achieved nine A*s and three A grades and Georgina Campbell eight A* and three A grades.

The overall benchmark figures are some of the best the school has achieved with 84 per cent of the students gaining at least five A*-C grades and 68 per cent five A*-C passes including maths and English, and 97 per cent achieving five A*-G grades.

The overall pass rate was 99.7 per cent.

Dr Tony Evans, incoming headteacher, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the students, and everybody who has supported them, including their teachers and families.

“I would like to pay tribute to the leadership provided by Bernard Roberts and I am now very much looking forward to working with everyone associated with the school community over the coming months and years.”

Meanwhile, at Evesham High School, hard work paid off for pupils who did themselves proud, says their headteacher.

At the school 79 per cent achieved at least five A* to C grades and 54 per cent A* to C grades in English and maths.

Headteacher Caroline Browne said: “Whilst politicians continue to demand on the one hand that students do better every year, yet on the other hand decry a socalled dilution of standards if they do improve, we know that our students have worked hard to achieve results that are better than the average and have done themselves proud.

“Congratulations to them all and to staff who worked hard so that they could achieve their best.”

National issues over the grading or English language papers overshadowed GCSE results, says the headteacher of Pershore High School.

Although 70 per cent of year 11s secured five or more A* to C grades, scores in English and maths were deemed disappointing by headteacher Clive Corbett.

The five A* to C rate, including English and mathematics, was ‘a hugely disappointing 50 per cent’ compared with an expectation of 68 per cent.

This is primarily the result of a severe dip in English language results. At least 60 students have not received the grades they deserved, he said.

He said: “Instead of celebrating a marvellous set of GCSE results we are trying to get justice for the young people whose futures are being played around with.

“These global figures, of course, mask a huge number of extraordinary individual results, achieved by hardworking students supported by very committed staff.

“I would again like to congratulate all concerned. It is a great shame this year that our overall performance has been significantly affected by a serious anomaly with our English language results.

“We are working very hard with the examination board and other national bodies to rectify this.

“In spite of this, the average point score per candidate is 408, and per subject entry is 42.

“High grade performance is impressive, with 7.7 per cent of grades being at A*, and 14 per cent at A. Overall A*/A performance is up to almost 22 per cent this year.”

High-flyers included Jack Mallinson who achieved nine A*, four As and a B; Jared White who received nine A*, and three As; and Sophie Harbridge who scored nine IN the Cotswolds, GCSE students also put in some terrific performances.

At Shipston High School headteacher Jonathan Baker paid tribute to a brilliant year group which has helped the school achieve more record-breaking results.

Mr Baker said students had once again excelled in their GCSE examinations with 74 per cent of the year group achieving five or more passes at grades A* to C.

Several students achieved outstanding results. Kate Higginson and Ellie Rathkey both achieved 12 passes with seven at A* grade and four at A. Other star performers were Lizzie Simcock and Sophie Bailey who both achieved 12 passes with three at A* and seven at A.

Mr Baker said the results of the school’s ‘Aim Higher’ group who consist of the school’s most academically gifted students were particularly pleasing.

Students in this group achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in all their GCSEs including English and mathematics with 75 per cent of their grades being at A* or A.

Mr Baker said: “Once again we are delighted by the outstanding progress shown by all our students in their GCSE examinations.

“This is not just about rows of grades on pieces of paper; more importantly it’s about individual students achieving the grades they need to move on to the next steps in their education.

“They have been a brilliant year group to work with and they deserve to be congratulated on their fantastic and well-deserved success.

“In line with the emerging national picture, however, the school has noticed anomalies with this year’s marking of the GCSE English papers particularly in comparison with previous years’ results and the equivalent grades achieved this year by the same students in their English Literature examination which is taught alongside English and by the same teachers.

“In the light of these anomalies the school is considering making a formal request for some of these papers to be remarked.”

Meanwhile, there were smiles all round as students at Chipping Campden School celebrated their success.

Eighty-three per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades and this year 26 students enjoyed 100 per cent A* to C success in their triple science course.

Some pupils achieved A to C passes at AS-level philosophy and ethics having taken the course a year early, while some combined their maths GCSE with an additional award in further maths.

One of the school’s great successes was Matthew Dean, who gained six GCSE A* grades and two A grades.

He is also got an A* in his Engineering Diploma, which is equivalent to five GCSEs, and an A grade at AS Level in philosophy and ethics.

Other top achievers were Emily Preston-Jones who achieved eight A*s, Patrick Eves who walked away with seven A*s with Philippa Short and Laura Williams who both gained six A* grades.

School principal John Sanderson said: “It is really pleasing to see students who have worked so hard achieve in this way. We are very proud of them.

“Despite some of our students having to overcome real adversity and others appreciative of the support and commitment of their teachers, it is always a pleasure to celebrate the success of our students at every level.”

This year saw another great round of GCSE results for students at the Cotswold School in Bourton.

Of the 167 pupils that sat their GCSEs, 90 per cent achieved between five and 14 A*-C grades with 79 per cent of students gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, the school’s highest ever figure.

Will Morgan, principal, said: “This has been yet another fantastic year of outstanding GCSE results and is reward for the hard work, talent and determination of our students, the dedication of their teachers and the support of their parents.”

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