Record GCSE results for fourth year in a row

PUBLISHED: 11:13 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010

COMMUNITY College students have posted their best ever GCSE results.

THE envelopes were shredded faster than pupils' nerves as Community College students received their GCSE results this week.

And teachers, students and parents weren't disappointed as the College posted their best ever results.

Of the 439 students in year 11, just over 64.3 per cent surpassed the Government target of five GCSE grades A* to C - a rise of eight per cent from last year.

This improvement compares favourably nationally, including private and grammar schools, where 65.7 per cent were awarded A* to C grades, a rise of just 2.4 per cent.

The other headline statistic showed a marked improvement in 'core' subjects with 55.3 per cent gaining five GCSE's, A* to C, including English and Maths, up six per cent and above the national average.

A total 94.31 per cent gained an A to G grade - marking an inexorable march towards a 100 per cent pass rate.

And as a Specialist College in Maths and ICT the pass rate at Maths improved yet again to more than 67 per cent and ICT 80 per cent at C or above.

And as of last week, at least two students, Laura Godfrey and Lauren Fawcett, were awarded straight A or A* grades in the exams taken.

Principal Tony Alexander said: "These are the best results we have ever had - we have come along way.

"They are even better than predicted and above the national average.

"We have exceeded our targets for the fourth year running, and I am particularly pleased with the improvements in English and Maths."

He added that the success was down to the quality of the teaching and the support given to individual students:

"Students have given up their holidays and weekends and used the revision sessions during the Whitsun and May half terms, in the evenings and course work sessions on Saturdays.

"Pupils want to achieve and the teachers in turn are willing to give up their spare time to help them. This is not something we have been doing for several years and now we are really starting to se the results."

Head of year 11 Ben Findel-Hawkins said: "We have achieved these results despite at least 40 students not taking GCSE's and taking courses like NVQs.

"Unlike years ago when a student failed an exam and was put into the bottom set and forgotten about, we know every one of our students.

"If they are doing well, we encourage them; if they need help we recognise that and give them support. We know our students abilities, how we can help them and what they need to do better.

"The retention of post 16 education is getting better and better."

Assistant Principal and head of key stage four David Turner said the results were "a testament" to the hard work of former head of year 11, the late Angela Williams who died last year:

"A lot of the success is due to the processes she put in place."

Chair of governors Liz Lee added; "It shows that larger schools know their students just as well as smaller schools.

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