Thousands of Doncaster, Dearne and Isle of Axholme teenagers are receiving their GCSE results today.
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Almost seven in 10 GCSEs could be awarded at least a C grade this year, amid increases in students taking alternative international courses and fewer being entered for exams early, it has been suggested.
Rises in schools opting for international GCSEs, particularly in key subjects like English, could have an impact on this year’s grades, according to Professor Alan Smithers of Buckingham University. Hundreds of thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are today waking up to their long-awaited GCSE results.
Last year, just over two thirds, 68.8% of entries scored at least a C grade, up 0.7 percentage points on 2013.
North Lincolnshire schools are celebrating their best ever results today with 57 per cent of students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Maths – an increase of 2.3 percentage points from last year’s validated results.
Councillor David Rose, NLC’s cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “This is fantastic news for North Lincolnshire and demonstrates the hard work that teachers, support staff, school leaders, governors and parents have invested in ensuring our young people achieve excellent results.
“In recent years, the council has invested millions of pounds to improve our secondary schools: creating exciting and stimulating learning environments which help students to achieve their very best.
“Congratulations to all out young people receiving their qualifications today – they have worked hard and it has paid off. GCSEs are a key milestone in their lives that will help pave the way for their future careers. “
Prof Smithers, director of Buckingham’s Centre for Education and Employment Research, predicted: “Exams regulator Ofqual sets great store by maintaining standards from year to year, so it’s likely that the overall pattern of results will be similar to last year. But because of the movement and changes in the cohort they are likely to be a bit up on last year.
“I would expect the percentage to be closer to 69% this year.”
A slight rise in top grades is also likely, he suggested.
Prof Smithers claimed that some schools may be moving “weaker” students over to IGCSEs in some subjects and this would have an effect on GCSE results.
Exam reforms introduced in England under the coalition government, such as the decision that only a candidate’s first attempt at a qualification will count in school league tables, will also continue to play a part, he said, as it has led to fewer pupils being entered for exams before the end of Year 11, when students usually sit their GCSEs.
Figures published last week by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) show that across all subjects, entries for their IGCSE courses in England are up 56% on last year.
Over 2,000 UK schools had students taking an IGCSE in English alone, the board said, adding that almost a third of students in England taking an English GCSE-level course this year, took their IGCSE in the subject.
At the same time, data published by Ofqual in May showed a 4% drop in the numbers of pupils entered for GCSE English this year, compared to last year.
There has been a 51% fall in the numbers of youngsters in Year 10 and below entered for the exam.
“It looks as though schools have been shifting their weaker students to the IGCSE because the IGCSE results have come down quite sharply as the number of entrants has gone up,” Prof Smithers said.
CIE’s figures show that this year, 12.4% of IGCSE English entries were awarded an A* or A grade, compared to 15.5% last year, while 63% got at least a C, compared to 64.1% in 2014.
A spokeswoman for CIE said it was difficult to draw conclusions and that standards had been maintained.
“With changes in the cohort we would expect to see small changes in grade distribution,” she said. “Standards have not changed, we have maintained our standards year on year.”
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said an increase in overall A*-C grades is a possibility, and this could be to do with schools entering pupils later or changes in exam entry patterns.
But he insisted that any move to IGCSE is about finding the appropriate course for students.
“Many schools have entered young people for IGCSEs because they are more appropriate qualifications for those students. Some years ago, the coalition government praised IGCSEs as being rigorous qualifications and encouraged schools to take it up.”
Schools are particularly keen on IGCSE English as it still assesses speaking and listening, which was taken out of GCSE last year, and teachers still see as an “essential skill”, Mr Lightman said.
He added: “It’s not about weaker candidates, it is about them doing the most appropriate qualification.”
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Sir Thomas Wharton Community College
A spokesman said: “Following impressive individual performances at A Level it was good to see seven of our most able students bag 45 A/A* grades between them. We congratulate Joseph Ashwood, William Ellwood, Maisie Milner, James Needham, Sam Parsons, Megan Simmonite and Sebastian Szulc. The top attainers were Megan Simmonite with 5 A*s and 4 As and William Ellwood with 4A*s and 4 As.
“We are particularly proud of Sebastian Szulc whose first language is Polish who attained 5 A*/A grades and averaged one and a half grades higher than expected in his progress score. Our top performer for progress was Shabnam Shafi who gained 9 pass grades including an A in Textiles and averaged an impressive 2 grades higher per subject than expected. We are also delighted for Toby Rogers who has made significant gains since joining the college to achieve 9 A*-C including an A* in History.”
Overall the college’s 5A*-C including English and Maths rose by 3% on the previous year. Improved outcomes in Languages also helped the new EBACC measure increase by 8%. As with A Level our specialist subject of Business led the way with the highest pass rate and highest number of A*/A grades.
Mr Binks said: “I am pleased so many students have been rewarded for their efforts. It’s good to see some of the changes beginning to have an impact on improving results but we will not be satisfied until all our students are making at least good progress.” He added, “There is no reason why, with hard work, Sir Thomas Wharton students cannot match the best in the country.”
Headteacher Ms Rebecca Staples said: “We are delighted with many of our students’ individual results: for the progress they have made since primary school as well as for some stunning overall results. For example:
Mollie Gunning achieved 9 x A*, 2 x A grades and a Distinction*
Matthew Cannon achieved 6 x A*, 4 x A, 1 x B grades and a Distinction
Charlotte Foster achieved 3 x A*, 7A, 1 x B, and a Distinction*
Salma Gahfoor achieved 2 x A*, 8 x A, 1 x B and a Distinction
Harriet Daw 3 x A*, 4 x A, 4 x B and a Distinction*
“Many of our students of all abilities did well and achieved what we and they hoped for, and they had made good progress over the last five years. We are pleased so many of them are going onto the next steps they want for next year in sixth form, college, and apprenticeships. This was also the case last week with the results we saw from our sixth form students, who again achieved above targets overall, and have given us an ALPs 2 putting us comfortably within the top 10% nationally.*
“Pupils and teachers have worked extremely hard all year to produce these results. We wish them every success in the future if they are going onto pastures new and look forward to welcoming them back if they are going into sixth form.”
*ALPS is the national measure of A Level results, measuring progress
Hill House School
Students at Hill House School are celebrating this week as they receive another superb set of GCSE grades.
Ninety three per cent of students passed the all-important 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English, while an impressive 41% of exams were graded at A* or A. Over a third of the entire year group earned at least 5As or A*s each. Pride of place went to Bessacarr’s Neil Srivastava who secured 9A*s, Hatfield’s Louise Sheerin with 8A*s, and Tickhills’ Thomas Neale with 7A*s
Doncaster Knights Rugby players combined serious rugby with academic success, with George Bastow, Sam Brooke, Will Allen, Jamie Blair and Mitchell Collins gaining overs 50 good GCSEs between them. England rowing hopeful Toby Smith combined his gruelling training at Doncaster Rowing Club with 7A*/As and 3B grades, while GB sailing star Esther Parkhurst combined her national commitments with gaining an impressive 10 GCSEs
England footballer Hannah Cain managed to combine her stellar career with the national team with academic success; Director of Sport Martin Webdale told us ‘given Hannah spent a lot of time away from school on national service, to get all her GCSEs with high grades was a superb achievement.’
Students from the Isle of Axholme are celebrating as they received another superb set of GCSE grades.
Ninety three per cent of students passed the all-important 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English, while an impressive 41% of exams were graded at A* or A. Over a third of the entire year group earned at least 5As or A*s each.
Belton’s Sophie Young earned herself 9 A and A* grades, and Haxey’s Olivia Flannery gained 6 A and A*s. Sam Brooke combined his fledgling Isle farming careers with 6 A and A*s.
Headmaster David Holland was delighted with the successes, saying: “This reflects a lot of hard work and talent from both students and teachers. One of the most important things at Hill House is that we want pupils to be well rounded individuals, and we are thrilled at these wonderful results from students who also contribute hugely to the local community.”
Outwood Academy, Adwick.
Outwood Academy Adwick is absolutely delighted to share that the provisional result for the headline figure of GCSE outcomes is 63% of students securing five A* to C grades including English and mathematics. The GCSE results come on the back of excellent A Level results and demonstrate the considerable improvements the Academy is making year on year. Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and CEO for Outwood Grange Academies Trust is delighted with the work of the Executive Principal Martyn Oliver and Principal Carolyn Blundell in securing these results. The Academy and Trust would like to extend their thanks to parents, students and governors for their support - and their contribution to what is an excellent set of GCSE results in 2015.
Notable highlights include nine A* grades in mathematics and an A* to C pass rate in mathematics of 76% - which is significantly above the national average.
Outwood Academy Adwick is securing excellent results for children year on year and places for Year 7 children are limited - should you wish to visit the Academy and see their work first hand please liaise with Diane Hanks, the Principal’s PA who will be delighted to make you an appointment. She can be contacted on 01302 722237 extension 244.
Ash Hill Academy, Hatfield
Individual students at Ash Hill Academy are celebrating GCSE examination achievements, students with notable successes include:
Sam Berry 1 A*, 2As, 4 Bs and 1 Level 2 Distinction *
Morgan Brown 1 A*, 2Bs and 6 Cs
Megan Collins 2 As, 3Bs, 3Cs and 1Level 2 Distinction
Yong-Wei Guo 3 A*s, 2 Bs, 3 Cs
Oskar Poliwko 1 A*, 1 A, 1B, 3 Cs, 1 Level 2 Distinction*
Bradley Sinden 1 A, 3Bs, 3Cs, 1 Level 2 Merit
Lorna Suttie 5 As, 1 B, 2Cs
An academy spokesman said: “Well done to our students and staff.”
Hall Cross Academy
Students and staff were celebrating at Hall Cross Academy after picking up their results.
Lucy Bolton, aged 16, achieved 5A*’s and 5 A’s and will return to the school’s sixth form in September to study Geography, Biology, Maths and English Literature. She said: “I expected to do well, but not as well as that. I’m going to go out for a meal with my mum and dad to celebrate.
Classmate Gabrielle Westwood was also going to celebrate her exam success by going out for a meal with her family. The 16-year-old achieved 2 A*’s, 5 A’s, a B and a C, and said she was thrilled. She added: “I didn’t think I would get so many A’s. I put myself down a bit before today, but I’ve proved that all my hard work has paid off.” She will study Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at the school’s sixth form.
It wasn’t just the girls who were celebrating.
Ben Hutton, aged 16, gained 6 A’s and 3 B’s. “I’m pretty happy,” he said. “I revised a lot, but I didn’t expect to do this well. I’m coming back to Hall Cross sixth form to study Biology, English Literature, Geography and Geology. It’s going to be hard work, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’m going to a party tonight to celebrate before the hard work begins.”
Hassan Dar, aged 15, is looking forward to his 16th birthday later this month after achieving 4 A*’s and 5 B’s. He said: “I thought I was going to do well as I put in a lot of work and revised for a lot of hours. I’m going to go for a meal with my family today and to see friends.” He will also return to the school in September to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics.
Proud headteacher, Pippa Dodgshon, said: “This day is all about the children, who have worked very hard for their future plans. The number of pupils who have achieved top grades have significantly increased since last year. We are really pleased with the results, overall.
“There is some concern with the marking of English, which we will be raising with the exam board. It’s a shame to think that the efforts of the children and teachers have perhaps not been reflected in the grades, but the pupils have still got what they need to progress.
“It’s wonderful to see so many happy faces today. We are supporting all pupils as they make decisions about their next steps, even if they are not staying with his at Hall Cross.”
McAuley Catholic High School
It was celebrations all round at the Cantley Lane school as nervous students lined up to collect their results.
leading the pack was Danny Kazzazi, 16, who achieved an incredible 10 A*s and 2A’s.
Speaking about his results Danny of Lakeside said: “I’m really happy, I just did my best and really went for it.
“I am proud of this achievement and would like to express my gratitude to the McAuley School and the teachers for the high standard of education which helped me to achieve this result.”
Danny is set to stay on at sixth form and is thinking about a career in medicine.
Joshua Reasbeck, 16, was celebrating after achieving 7 A’s, 1 A* and 1 B.
“I’m really happy with my results and I beat my sister. I’m going to sixth form and I’m hoping to get a scholarship to go over to America after that through swimming.”
The results couldn’t have come on a better day as Joshua’s dad Chris was celebrating his birthday.
He said: “I’m very proud of him, it’s a great birthday present, we’re all going out for a curry tonight to celebrate.”
Lucy Luscombe, 16 surprised herself by getting 2 A*’s, 3 A’s, 2 B’s and a C.
She said: “I’ve done a lot better than I though I would I’m going to be celebrating with my friends tonight.”
Honey Cutton, 16, achieved 4 A’s, 2 B’s and 3 C’s she said: “I hoping to eventually go to uni and study something to do with English. “I think my family and friends will be really proud of me.”
Head Teacher, Mrs Catherine Brown, said: “Students and staff were today celebrating the achievement of our Year 11 students.
“There are many notable individual achievements but the success of the whole year group is a source of huge satisfaction to the whole school community. The vast majority of our students will now progress into Sixth Form for further study.”
Trinity Academy, Thorne
A top athlete has run away with top honours after gaining a clean sweep of A*s in his GCSEs.
Luke Pike led from the front at Trinity Academy, where the 15-year-old is a multi-record breaking middle distance runner and footballer.
Luke is a former Manchester City development squad player and has represented South Yorkshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships and Doncaster in South Yorkshire Athletics.
Luke was not the only student to combine sporting success with academic achievement.
Yasmin Mosby, who last year was honoured with the Barry Marks Award, the top prize in Trinity Academy’s annual sports awards, gained five A*s and four As.
She is an academy record breaker at 800m and javelin, has won titles at the Doncaster Schools Athletics Championship and plays football for Sheffield Ladies.
The other top performers at the academy were:
Chloe Gardiner, with three A*s and seven As
Morgan Wardle, with seven A* and three As
Katie Allott, with five A* and six As
Caitlin Houlbrook, with four A*s and seven As.
Overall, the academy improved on its performance five A*-C performance including English and maths, while it hit 100 per cent for students achieving five A*-G grades.
Almost one third of students achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), gaining at least a C grade across the core subjects of English, maths, sciences, history or geography and a foreign language.
Principal David Page said: “We are encouraged by these results which show an increase in the number of students making expected or greater than expected progress in maths and English and a significant increase in the number of A and A* grades.
“There is still work to do and the dedication of our staff team to continue this upward trajectory is undiminished, but for today we celebrate the success and hard work of our GCSE students.”
The Hayfield School
The students at The Hayfield School have lots to be proud of and are celebrating excellent GCSE results.
Overall 76% of the students achieved 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics and 84% achieved 5A*-C.
There are some stunning individual performances with 14 students achieving 10 or more A*/A grades.
Particular mention should go to Vineet Dinakaran with 13 *A/A grades and Alicia Camplejohn, Joshua Sellars, Naomi Gardiner and Emma Gardner who all achieved 12 A*/A grades.
Mention should also go to Isobel Tan who achieved 11 A* grades.
Lisa Fox, the Headteacher, would like to congratulate all the Year 11 students and thank the staff for their hard work and dedication. All the very best wishes go to them as they embark on the next stage of their education.
Swinton Community School
Here are the names of students with the number of A-C grades,
ALLOTT Emma 6
BARKER Alisha 8
BEASLEY Caitlyn 5
BECKITT Liam 10
BELLWOOD Jason 6
BRADLEY Lewis 5
BRADSHAW Morgan Jake Lee 6
BROOK Regan 9
BROWN Daniel 1
BUSBY Jorden 9
CADMAN Leah 9
CARESS Autumn 10
CASTLETON Hayden 10
CHADWICK Daniel 7
CHATTERTON Jake 10
CHATTERTON Luke 10
CLARK Rosylea 3
COLEY Victoria 4
COLLINS Lucy 1
COOKE Liam 9
COOPER Elle 9
COUSINS Abigail 5
CROUCHER Liam 1
DANFORTH Jade 9
DARBY George 8
DAWSON Sam 9
DEARDEN Lewis 9
DICKENS David 6
DUCE Ethan 2
DUNGWORTH Ashleigh 10
DUNGWORTH Rachel 9
DUNN Calvin 2
ELLIOTT Chey 10
EVANS Martin 2
FINDLAY William 6
FLANAGHAN Josh 1
GALLOWAY Liam 2
GARNER Daniel 10
GIBBINS Jessica 10
GILL Chantelle 6
GREENHOUSE Benjamin 7
GREENHOUSE Leon 1
HARDY Samantha 10
HARPER James 10
HARRIS Brandon 6
HARRISON Courtney 8
HARVEY Kyle 8
HEARN Keir 11
HIGGINS Lewis 7
HIRST Cameron 7
HIRST Eleanor 3
HOPKINS Oliver 1
HORBURY Curtis 7
HUMPHRIES Christopher 7
JAMIESON Connor 3
JARVIS Nicole 2
KEETON Walter 6
KEMP Rachel 7
KIERNAN Nisa 3
KNOWLES Victoria 11
LAMBERT Lewis 6
LAWRENCE Brittney Ann 3
LAWRENCE Owen 7
LEE Kyle 8
LENTON Liam 10
LILLIE Megan 7
LONG Daniella 3
MALONEY Harry 3
MALTBY Corrie-Jo 4
MARKHAM Natasha 1
MARSHALL Alicia 10
MCINTYRE Angie 4
MOWER Jessica 6
NETTLETON Jasmine 3
NETTLETON Paige 9
NIGHTINGALE Rebecca 3
NORMAN Jack 1
O’DONNELL Tom 9
PALING Cameron 10
PATERSON Charlotte 2
PILLING Jordan 4
READER Ellis 1
RHODES Cherie 2
RHODES Courtney 2
RODGERS Kate 8
ROWE Polly 11
SADDINGTON Jack 10
SCATTERGOOD Adam 1
SHANDLEY Melissa 1
SHIELD William 9
SIMPSON Chloe 1
SKIDMORE Jessica 1
SMITH Bradley 7
SMITH Lauren 7
SOUTHWELL Bethany 6
SPARROW Michael 6
STOREY Callum 2
TAYLOR Lauryn 8
THOMPSON James 9
THORPE Jak 6
THORPE Lewis 1
TUNE Jamie 9
VICKERAGE Lorna 1
WALKER Ashley 1
WALL Jenni-Lee 6
WALSH Kirsty 10
WARD Jack 8
WARREN Kory 4
WARREN Taylor 10
WEBSTER Kathryn 9
WHEELER Bria 10
WHEELER Isha 9
WHITTAKER Jessica 1
YUILL Lauren 6