GCSE Results Day at Thomas Aveling
Year 11 students were celebrating on Thursday when they received their GCSE results. In most subjects they sat the brand new, much tougher, GCSEs and did amazingly well.
Throughout the year they have been supported by amazing staff at the school who offered after school, weekend and holiday revision sessions from Christmas onwards. Every morning exam was preceded by at least an hour of revision and of course a bacon roll/croissant for anyone whose nerves would allow them to eat!
The school achieved an initial progress 8 score of +0.31 which places us in the top 10%-15% of schools nationally and we expect that to further increase as all grades are into the Department for Education. As a reminder Progress 8 measures the difference a school makes to its students. A score of 0 means that a student made expected progress, any positive score means the quality of teaching and preparation provided by the school ensures students make better than expected progress.
Top performing student was Rae McLoughlin who gained 6 of the new grade 9s along with a host of other top grades. Grade 9s are only given to the top 2% of students in the country. Rae is hoping to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science at A level.
The school also had twins taking GCSEs this summer and interestingly not one of these grades was the same in any subject. Alfie would beat his brother George in some subjects but would then be beaten by George in others, both did very well though with strong passes in all subjects.
Overcoming extra hurdles was Emine Uzunbaba who gained all very strong pass grades despite being a Young Carer.
Mr Jackson, the Head Teacher said ”I am over the moon with these results. I have never been so nervous about a set of results as, with the new tougher exams being sat for the first time we really didn’t know how the students would go. All I did know is that the students all worked incredibly hard in very trying circumstances and my staff had worked tirelessly to support the students throughout their studies and threw the kitchen sink at them in terms of exam preparation. I am delighted to see so many top grades for so many students again this year. All students will be able to take their next steps with most choosing to stay in our very successful Sixth Form.'