This year The Woodroffe School has achieved its best ever GCSE results with 82% of students gaining 5A*-Cs (including the new English and Maths qualifications).
With the introduction of the new GCSEs in English and Maths, which are graded from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G, the reporting of results is much more complicated this year. The government has introduced two definitions of a pass in the new qualifications: a ‘standard’ pass is a grade 4; a ‘strong’ pass is a grade 5. Students will have received A*-G grades in the majority of their subjects but the new number grades in English and Maths.
By any measure, however, Woodroffe students have done exceptionally well. In the new, much tougher English and Maths exams, the results were stunning: over 90% of students achieved a standard pass in English and 79% a strong pass. In Maths, 88% achieved a standard pass and 68% a strong pass. The combined figure – those students who achieved at least a standard pass in both English and Maths was therefore 84%, with 62% achieving a strong pass. In English, 4% of students achieved the top grade 9; in Maths it was 5%.
For a fully comprehensive school, this represents outstanding performance and one which confirms the school’s Ofsted Outstanding status. Coupled with last week’s excellent A-Level results, this has been a superb year for the school and its students.
There were some excellent individual performances with a host of students gaining impressive sets of A* and A grades, including a good set of the new harder to attain grade 9s: Tom Gillespie and Tristan O’Leary both achieved eight A*s plus three of the new grade 9s; Maisie Bellworthy and Zack Chantler gained six A*s, two As, two grade 9s and one grade 8; Polly Howarth-Yates gained six A*s, one A, two 9s and one 8; Rose Joyce gained six A*s, two As, two 8s and one 7; Ben Plowden achieved five A*s, two As, two 9s and one 8; Thomas Pennington gained five A*s, two As, two 9s and one 7; Leo Kindred four A*s, three As, and three 8s; and Ella Rapley five A*s, two As and two 8s.
Dr. Richard Steward, Headteacher of The Woodroffe School said, ‘This is a fantastic set of results and I am absolutely delighted to see so many of our students doing so well. As ever, students have worked incredibly hard and one can only admire the commitment and determination of those young people who manage to achieve high grades across such a broad range of disciplines. It is also vitally important to recognise the dedication of the Woodroffe staff who work tirelessly to ensure that all students do their best every year but especially this year when the introduction of new courses, new syllabuses and the new grading system has led to great turmoil in the system and a huge amount of extra work.
I am delighted to say that the vast majority of students will be joining the sixth form where I am sure they will continue to do well. A-Level results were also impressive this year and serve to underline the overall excellence of the school.’