Broadoak school is proud to report on another year of excellent examination results in 2017. This year pupils have risen to the challenge of an entirely new syllabus and grading system in English and Mathematics. Despite the fact that national headlines suggest this year’s examinations are the most challenging since the O Levels, Broadoak pupils will once again be celebrating competing at the very highest level.
Using the new system of grades 1-9, pupils are expected to achieve a grade 4 or above in English language, English literature and Mathematicss – a grade 4 being the equivalent of a grade C. 54% of pupils achieved a 4 grade or above in both English and Mathematics. This is the second highest figure in the history of the school. Even more pleasing is the fact that over a quarter achieved a grade 5 or above in both subjects. A grade 5 is seen as a strong pass or a grade B.
65% of pupils achieved a grade 4 or above in Mathematics which is significant for these pupils having undertaken more challenging mathematical content over three examination papers. 63% of pupils achieved a 4 grade or above in either English language or English literature. Again, pupils have responded to the demand of 100% examination and the removal of the coursework component. This success reveals the commitment and focus Broadoak School has in driving standards in these all-important core subjects.
Equally important is the success of Science. A cohort of triple scientists achieved highly in all 3 subjects with 1 pupil achieving an A* grade in Chemistry and A grades in Physics and in Biology. 100% of this cohort achieved C grades or above in all 3 sciences.
The breadth of the curriculum means pupils study a suite of other qualifications (including vocational qualifications) which have also had excellent outcomes. Courses in Digital Applications, Business Studies, IT, Music Technology, Health and Social Care and Sport had a 100% pass rate.
Headteacher Lee McConaghie said: “These examination results will delight many of our young people who have worked so tirelessly to meet the increased challenge and demands of these examinations. The whole school community is rightly proud of their outstanding achievements.”
In terms of individual success, the highest achiever was Tamzin Woolstencroft who accumulated 11 GCSEs including a grade 8 (A*/A) in mathematics and a grade 7 (grade A) in English Literature alongside 3 further A* grades, 3 A grades and 3 B grades.
Chief Executive of the Dean Trust, Tarun Kapur CBE said: “Once again Broadoak pupils show that they can compete with pupils both regionally and nationally. I am delighted that their hard work has been rewarded. I congratulate all of the pupils on their examination performance.”