We are once again celebrating an excellent set of GCSE and BTEC results this summer. 88% of students achieved a GCSE ‘pass’ in English and in maths the figure was 79%. 81% of all grades in English and maths were above a ‘pass’. 75% of students achieved a grade 4 and above in English and maths. There were a huge number of students achieving the very top grades in the ‘new, tougher’ English and maths GCSEs which are graded 1 – 9. A remarkable 8% of students in maths were awarded the aspirational grade 9 (which is the equivalent to a grade A** and means we have 17 of the best mathematicians in the country), this is way above the national expectation of 3%. In addition 11% of all the grades in English and maths were at either grade 9 or 8 (A** / A*). In terms of other GCSEs, in which students have been awarded A* – U for the last time this year, results were equally impressive. In both physics and PE 86% of all grades were A*-B, while in biology it was 85% . In music a staggering 76% of grades were at A*/A and in chemistry that figure was 57% . Amazing high levels of achievement!
Significant individual performers included; Emma Hickson, who achieved x3 grade 9s and x8 A*, according to national data only 2000 students in the entire country have achieved these highest possible grades! Caitlin Painter gained x2 grade 9s, x1 grade 8, x6 A* and 2 A grades; Aman Cheema achieved x2 grade 9s, x1 grade 8 and x7 A* and George Chaytors who gained x1 grade 9, x2 grade 8s, x3 A*, x3 As and x2 B grades.
Alongside fantastic GCSE results, Alsager pupils were also very successful in a selection of vocational courses and pathways ranging from Light Vehicle Maintenance to Animal Management to IT. They are all now ready for the world of work and further study. Standing out were Sam Condliffe and Ioana Andor who excelled in Animal Management and Michael Hollins in Motor Vehicle, all at Reaseheath College. Also shining throughout their work placements with Changing Education were Matthew Cadman, Jack Cooper and Ryan Williams. All have now secured places at Alsager Sixth Form or other local post 16 providers to further their studies.
Mr Middlebrook said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s GCSE, BTEC and technical results, especially when you consider that these are new and far more challenging GCSE qualifications. The bar has definitely been raised by government and the exam boards and our students and staff have responded magnificently. These really are ‘new’ qualifications, with new methods of assessment, increased level of difficulty in the content and cannot be compared to previous years. Congratulations to all our students. These superb results are richly deserved and reflect the hard work put in by our young people and the fantastic support from our parents and carers. I would like to praise our young people for handling these new courses with such maturity and the fantastic staff here at Alsager, for delivering these new challenging specifications so professionally. I wish all of our class of 2017 much happiness and success for the future and hope to see many of them in our highly successful 6th Form College, which enjoyed such brilliant results in last week’s A / AS levels, BTEC and technical awards”.
We offer support to any students who need advice and guidance over the coming weeks. In addition places are still available for anyone who does not have a post 16 course secured for September 2017 and would like to join our exceptionally high performing college. Please contact Mrs Barton on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01270 871122 for more information.