News - Outstanding GCSE Results

Westwood has a longstanding reputation for producing successful students who achieve well.

Against a background of concerns nationally about increasing the thresholds for GCSE achievement, our students have produced some really strong performances. The pass rate for students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades was 74% and for 5 including English and Maths, it was 63%. 99% of Year 11 gained 5 or more A*-G grades and 100% achieved at least one grade A*-G. There was an outstanding performance by students studying Level 2 Vocational courses where 36% of all the grades were awarded either Merit or Distinction. This level of performance has significantly improved the options our students have for life post-16.

It can be argued that the national averages for 5+ A*-C are raised as a consequence of the increase in the number of “vocational” courses taken nationally, with many schools using these courses to boost their position in league tables. The attainment of students following a more “traditional” curriculum like Westwood’s evaluated against national averages in this measure will be “depressed” as a result. We will continue 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.

A number of individual performances have been truly outstanding with 17 achieving at least 9 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): Emily Alcock (9), Peter Aston (12), Molly Belfield (10), Lizzie Binns (10), Zoe Cope (9), Megan Davies (11), Daniel Deaville (10), Lucy Eeles (10), Daisy Egerton (10), Alix Fish (9), Harriet Fowler (13), Oliver Jones (11), Rhiannon Matthias (10), Chloe Rhead (9), Jeorgia Rowbottham (10), Connor Ryder (9), Becki Wood (11). Pete Aston’s Further Maths result gained the highest possible recognition with the extremely rare A*Distinction grade, making a nationally significant result.

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: Liam Dimmock, Chelsea Hammonds, Ruth Aidley, George Mellor, Sam Avalontis and Stamatis Magafas. The last two achieved strong GCSE results in just twelve months having joined the College in September 2012 from a completely different educational system.

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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