Bromsgrove schools buck national GCSE trend

By Tristan Harris Friday 23 August 2013 Updated: 23/08 13:47

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SCHOOLS across Bromsgrove have bucked the national trend and notched up an improved crop of GCSE results.

Indications yesterday morning (Thursday) showed nationally, on average, around two-thirds of results were graded between A* and a C, which was down on last year.

But South Bromsgrove High School had 97 per cent of its students achieving five or more passes at grades A* to C and 70 per cent of students achieving five or more high level passes with English and mathematics included. The highest achiever was Alex Marsh, who attained 11 A* grades.

Almost half of students achieved the English Baccalaureate which included A* to C passes in languages, humanities and science.

Headteacher Paul Topping said: “My sincere congratulations go to students who continue to move on from year 11 having achieved a wealth of success across a broad range of subjects and developed skills that will serve them well.

“While students continue to achieve very good results in English, maths and science, I’m very pleased outstanding achievement in other subjects is also recognised.”

North Bromsgrove High School also improved considerably on last year’s results.

A total of 69.3 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths - a 22.3 per cent rise on 2012.

Other impressive statistics included 82.1 per cent achieving A* to C including English and 75.3 per cent receiving A* to C grades, including maths. Those figures were also up on last year - 26.1 and 18.3 per cent respectively.

Headteacher David Hadley-Pryce said: “We are obviously delighted with these substantial improvements in these main benchmark figures which the Department of Education and Ofsted use.”

At Waseley Hills Academy, more than 76 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades and 54 per cent achieved that figure including English and mathematics.

Students achieving the higher grades of A*and A was 16 per cent.

In BTEC courses, 27 per cent of students achieved the higher grades of Distinction and Distinction star.

Headteacher Alan Roll said: "These students should be congratulated on their hard work and effort.

"It is disappointing that some students will not have achieved the grades they deserve because of another controversy over GCSE marking.

"We are working with this group of students to help them to reach the next phase of their education, employment or training."

Among the high achievers were Lily Jones, who notched up four A* grades, four A grades and a BTEC Distinction* and Leigh Simons who received four A* grades, five As and a BTEC Distinction*

Standard delivery boy Elliot Mitchell, 16, from Rubery, notched up two A*s, 3 As and 3 Bs, gaining the highest gradesfor Media and IT.

At Bromsgrove School, 171 pupils sat over 1,700 exams in GCSEs and IGCSEs.

In the core subjects - English, maths and science - all pupils sat the more challenging IGCSE.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of all GCSE and IGCSE grades were A*, 56 per cent were A*and A, while 82 per cent were A* to B.

A fifth of the year group scored six or more A*s, with nine local pupils scoring ten or more A* each.

Headmaster Chris Edwards said: “These are very strong results and our pupils should be proud.

“The cohort was undaunted by the IGCSEs and is set fair for success at A level and International Baccalaureate.”

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