We are once again celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE and BTEC results this summer. 91% of students achieved a GCSE ‘pass’ in English, and in maths the figure was 82%. A remarkable 82% of all pupils achieved a ‘pass’ (grade 4 and above) in English and maths and a stunning 65% of students achieved a ‘strong’ pass (grade 5 and above) in both these core subjects. 11% of all the grades awarded in English and maths were at either grade 9 or 8 (equivalent to A** or A*) There were a huge number of students achieving the very top grades in these ‘new, tougher’ GCSEs which are graded 1–9, for example in Physics 38% of all grades were 9 or 8; in music the figure was 33%! In terms of other GCSEs, results were equally impressive, in Biology, Chemistry and Physics 98% of grades were a ‘pass’ or better, in PE the figure was 97%, in Art 94% and in French it was 93%. Amazing high levels of achievement!
Significant individual performers included; Euan O’Neill, who achieved grade 9s in all his subjects! An amazing achievement, especially as according to national data, statistically only 200 students in the entire country could achieve the highest possible grades in all subjects! Patrick Davies gained 8 grade 9s and 1 grade 8; Esmae Doig achieved 5 grade 9s, 1 grade 8 and 3 grade 7s; Lauren Knapper who was awarded 4 grade 9s and 4 grade 8s and Will Brooks who gained 2 grade 9, 7 grade 8s.
Alongside fantastic GCSE results, pupils were also very successful in a selection of vocational courses and pathways ranging from Construction to Animal Management to Sports Coaching. They are all now ready for the world of work and further study and should be very proud of themselves. Standing out were Ben Adams, James Jackson, Nathan Ottley & Jamie Spears who excelled in Motor Vehicle, Harry Steventon in Animal Management and Bradley Allsopp and Kim MacDonald in Food Manufacturing, all at Reaseheath College. Also standing out on their work placements through Changing Education were Sarah-Jayne McGough and Jacob Taylor and Brandon Pickup through Total People. All have received offers from Alsager Sixth Form College, local colleges or training providers and are looking forward to the next stage of their lifelong learning.
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 2018 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 level, 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 2018 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
Hear from a few of our students about how they feel about their exam results and their plans for the future: