King Edward’s goes from strength to strength with an incredibly strong set of GCSE results.
Mark Simpson, Head of School, said, “I would like to congratulate all Year 11 students and staff for a fantastic set of GCSE results. Our overall attainment figure of 54.6 is significantly higher than our fantastic 2017 result. This will mean that our key figure for Progress 8 will also be significantly higher. It is a testament to our Year 11’s brilliantly positive attitudes, determination and hard work that we have achieved these outstanding results.
Clare Savage, Headteacher from September, stated, “I am so pleased that the school continues to go from strength to strength. This is a brilliant achievement especially given that this year sees new GCSE courses for nearly all subject and a new grading system and I would like to thank staff on behalf of students for all the support they have given students.”
Bryan Stewart, Deputy Headteacher, said “This was a fantastic year group with a really positive work ethic. They fully deserve these outstanding results and I wish them the very best for the next step in their educational journey.”
GCSEs have now changed from grades to levels ranging from 1 to 9. A level 4 is equivalent to the old C grade. At King Edward’s, the percentage of students achieving 5 or more level 4+ equivalents including English and Maths is 80.5%. (This is the same measure for the old 5+ A*-C including English and Maths)
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.
Once again the National Performance Tables show that King Edward’s remains very strong at both GCSE and A Level.
At GCSE King Edward’s were amongst the top performing schools in the North East region for the key attainment measures of 5A*-C and A*-C for English and Maths combined.
At A Level we had another extremely successful year for Value Added, which measures the progress each student makes from their GCSE starting point to their A Level results. Our figure of 0.26 places us in the top 10 for all schools in the North East region, including independent schools.
Very well done to all staff and students for their hard work and dedication.
The secondary school performance tables can be found here.
The A Level performance tables can be found here.