Examination Results

A-Level Results 2015

As one of Staffordshire’s top performing Sixth Forms we have become used to our students doing well, and we are really pleased to report that this year’s students have again done themselves proud. Against a background of reduced opportunities to re-sit modules and close scrutiny of exam boards to uphold standards, Westwood students have maintained strong levels of performance.

IMG_3668Across the board students have applied themselves with determination and perseverance and with the commitment and inspiration of their teachers and support and patience of their families they have been rewarded with some superb results.

With 52% of all Level 3 examination entries returning a grade of A*, A or B (72% A*-C), Westwood students performed at levels that allow them access to all the top universities. Particularly pleasing was performance in some of the so called “facilitating” subjects with over half of all entries in Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics being a grade B or above and 100% of entries in Further Mathematics. This success was shared by some of the creative subjects with over three quarters of entries in both Art and Design either A*, A or B and across all subjects more than 20 A* grades were awarded.

We take pride in being an inclusive College and at all levels of ability our students can celebrate results of which they can be really proud.

The results for our Level 3 Vocational courses were outstanding with a pass rate of 100% and in both Health and Social Care and Sports Studies 90% of the students gained at least a distinction. The following students achieved two distinction stars or better; Chloe Cooper, Jasmine Mear, Lila Robinson, Rebecca Slack, Ruby Vaughan, Ryan Dakin, Harley Dennison, Matthew Knight and Samuel Wheeldon.

PIMG_3776articular congratulations go to the following students who have achieved at least 2 A grades at A Level; Peter Aston (3A*, A) Tom Aston (2A*, 2A) Dale Corden (3A*, A) Megan Davies (2A*, A, B) George Dennison (2A*, B, C) Harriett Fowler (3A*, A) Rebecca Wood (2A*, A, B) Lucy Eeles (3A) Rhiannon Matthias (2A, B).

Performance at this level has enabled students to progress to an impressive range of opportunities from Oxford University (Languages), Durham (Chemistry) and Sheffield (Mechatronics and Robotics) to De Montford University (Contour Fashion) and Sheffield Hallam (Midwifery). The list of Higher Education destinations for our students this year is every bit as impressive as their results.

We are absolutely delighted to see so many students do so well. Many congratulations to you all.

Year 11 Results 2015

IMG_3911eWestwood has a long standing reputation for producing successful students who achieve well.

Against a background of concerns nationally about increased thresholds for GCSE achievement our students have produced some really strong performances. The pass rate for students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades (or equivalent) was 73% and for 5 including English and Maths it was 61%. 100% of Year 11 gained 5 or more A*-G grades or equivalent. There was an outstanding performance by students studying Level 2 Vocational courses with over 90% achieving Level 2 passes and nearly 40% at either Merit or Distinction. This level of performance has significantly improved the choices our students have for their options post-16.

It has been argued that the national averages for 5+ A*-C are raised as a consequence of the number of “vocational” courses taken nationally, with many schools using these courses to boost their position in league tables. While there is some evidence to suggest that this is reducing, Westwood continues to provide a traditional, academic curriculum composed mainly of GCSEs for the vast majority of our students because this is the best curriculum to enable our students to progress to employment or Further and Higher Education. We will also continue to enable students to have as wide a vocational curriculum as possible where it is the best thing for them. Interestingly we are starting to see significant move back towards this type of curriculum and in the future, Government league tables will reflect this and also place far greater emphasis on the progress made by each and every student.

IMG_3888eA number of individual performances have been truly outstanding with twenty students achieving at least eight A* or A grades or their equivalent. The following can be particularly pleased with their high levels of performance (the number in brackets indicates the number of A/A* grades, or their equivalent): Hannah Bestwick (10), Keely Blanchard (12), Hannah Burton (10), Dan Chadfield (10), Tilly Clarke (12), Charlotte Clewes (9), Jac Davies (9), Bethany Eardley (8), Caroline Evenden (13), Olivia Grocott (9), Esther Hesketh (9), Niamh Hine (8), Cameron Longbottom (10), Alicia Powell (10), Chloe Reeves (8), Adam Shatwell (9), Megan Strutt (10) and Daniel White (8).

IMG_3941eIn addition four GCSE Additional Maths students; Jac Davies, Cameron Longbottom, Dan Chadfield and Jacob Nixon gained the highest possible recognition with the extremely rare A*Distinction grade, making them nationally significant results.

There have been impressive successes across the year group and many have the right to feel proud of their achievements. Senior Learning Mentors would particularly like to praise: Tom Allbutt, Xueyi Liang, Lauren Piercy, Jack Robinson, Georgia Stafford, Lewis Tatton, Elise Williams and Laura Yates for the way they tackled their time through Year Eleven.

Students, families and staff can all take pride in these results. These achievements are the results of high quality teaching and learning, the high expectations we have of young people and the tremendous support of their parents. The majority of students will now go on to further success in the Westwood Sixth Form. To everyone concerned – our very best congratulations.

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