Today the school held its annual Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on the school grounds.
The service was led by Simon Taylor (CEO) and Nick Rowark (School Chaplain), who were joined by Mark Simpson (Head of School), guests, members of the school cadets and representatives from the School Council.
Wreaths were laid by Bernard Scott (Edwardian), Paul Carvin (Chair of the Board of Directors), Jack Gebhard (Deputy Mayor), Cassidy (Y11 Cadet) and Thomas & Layla (Head Boy and Head Girl).
Other guests included Mrs Hogg, Dave Hogg, Ted Gascoigne and Roger Vaughan.
We came together to remember all who served in wars, but also 58 Old Boys and one member of staff who died in WW1, 58 Old Boys and two members of staff who perished in the Second World War and one Old Boy who died in the Korean War of 1953.
Roan (Y9) read Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, verses 1-12 and Mark Simpson read “Pride of the Poppy” by Albert Gormley.
Congratulations to all Y11 who achieved fantastic results at GCSE.
The 2017 GCSE grading has changed in English and Maths, and the exams are now more challenging. In light of these changes, King Edward’s is absolutely delighted with the performance of Year 11 students, who have risen to the challenge and have achieved many excellent results.
The new GCSE gradings for 2017 English and Maths are as follows –
- Level 4 is equivalent to a C grade, a standard pass.
- Level 5 is considered a strong pass.
- Level 6 is considered a high B grade.
- Level 7 is equivalent to an A grade.
- Level 9 is beyond an A* grade and only awarded to exceptional performance.
We have had another fantastic set of GCSE results, especially at the highest grades. This is really pleasing given the new more challenging English and Maths GCSEs this year. Staff and students have worked really hard to achieve these results, and we would like to congratulate them and thank them for their commitment and hard work.
Almost 38% of students achieved the highest grades in English (level 7, 8 or 9, equivalent to A and above) and over 31% achieved this in Mathematics. Furthermore, 70 students (21% of the cohort) achieved 8 or more A/A* grades or equivalent 7-9 grades.
The new accountability measure of Attainment 8, which measures performance across eight subjects, is also very high at 52.4. This shows the breadth of successful achievement across all subject areas.
Key KEVI Statistics
- English and Maths level 5 (strong pass) and above – 56.2%
- English level 7 and above – 37.7%
- Maths level 7 and above – 31.2%
- English and Maths level 7 and above – 25.3%
- Attainment 8 – 52.4 – Attainment across the best 8 subjects
Well done to all students and staff, we are extremely proud of you all.
Once again King Edward’s students have achieved outstanding A Level results, with thirty three students achieving all A* and A grades.
The percentage achieving A* – A grades was 26.4% and achieving A* – B grades was 52.6%.
The average points per entry was our highest ever at 33.3, which shows that across all subjects and grades students performed extremely well.
This year is the first of new more challenging A Level courses, many of which do not take into account AS grades, but rather assess all content at the end of the second year. Teaching staff have been working incredibly hard preparing new resources and lessons to support our students for these new linear courses. Our fantastic students have taken up the challenge and have been rewarded with outstanding results.
The vast majority of our Year 13 students will now progress on to university, but we are seeing an increasing number choose alternative options such as Higher Level Apprenticeships, School Leavers Programmes in Accountancy with RSM, gap years and even studying at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.