Congratulations to Sandymoor School’s first GCSE cohort on achieving their results. In a year which saw major changes both in our school, as well as the overhaul of GCSE examinations taking place nationally, we are very proud of our Year 11 students and their teachers for all the hard work they put in.
The school opened in 2012 with Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. As the current Year 11 students joined us after already starting their secondary school career, some as late as 2015, the results they have achieved are a testament to their hard work and effort.
In English 65% of Year 11 students achieved A*- C grades, which is broadly in line with National averages for this subject. In addition, ten students sat English Literature, nine of whom achieved A* – C grades; this figure exceeds national averages in English Literature.
We are delighted that all the students in Year 10 who sat mathematics GCSE scored an A* grade; this is a fantastic achievement. The picture for Year 11 was mixed, with just under 50% achieving A* – C grades. Increasing teaching hours from 3 to 5 hours per week will help address many of the issues surrounding the new GCSE course.
Physics, Chemistry and Biology results were also excellent, with 83%, 67% and 83% pass rates respectively. In addition, our A* – C results stood at 75% for History GCSE; these results compare very favourably with national figures.
Finally, whilst we do not publish results for subjects with fewer than 5 entries, it is worth highlighting that 100% of students achieved a merit or distinction in BTEC Business and 75% achieved A* – C in ICT, including two grade A’s.
Our overall results for our 2016 cohort stand at:
47% of pupils achieved 5A* – C grades
41% of pupils achieved 5A* – C including English and Maths
24% of pupils achieved the EBacc combination of subjects
Every year group of students contains pupils with different strengths and abilities. We are proud of our pupils and the results they have achieved. We are sure that you will join us in wishing them all the best of luck for the future and their chosen career path.