News - Congratulations to our Year 11 Students

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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