GCSE Results

GCSE Results 2018-09-20T13:18:00+00:00

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A statement from our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Knox

I think this year’s results can, quite simply, be summed up by Miss Oxley.  In my e-mail to her with a breakdown of results, she messaged me back with 2 words:

“Woo-Hoo!!!”

Our departing Y11 pupils have given our departing Principal some memorable results and statistics in this year of many new subject specifications and a new grading system.  In school they have been an amazing, engaging bunch of young people and their results reflect their positive and determined attitudes.  As Exams Officer, Vice Principal, Y11 Form Teacher and Mum to these pupils, I am immensely proud of their achievements: academically, socially and pastorally.

In this first year of so many new changes, we have been left wondering about grade boundaries, exam formats and questions, extended writing across all subjects and increased content and difficulty.  It has been a tough year for all Y11 pupils sitting these new exams.  But, our pupils have stepped up to the mark, prepared themselves well and delivered a great set of results to carry them forward to their next stage of life and education.

Here is a summary of their many and varied achievements:

  • 100% of our pupils achieved all their GCSE subjects from grade 1 – 9 
  • 95% of our pupils achieved passes in subjects from grade 4 – 9
  • Every one of our Y11 pupils has a grade 4 or above in either English Language or English Literature or both
  • 53% of our overall grades were at 9, 8 or 7 in the new grading system or A* and A in the legacy grading system
  • As part of our Able, Gifted and Talented programme, one pupil achieved the highest grade A^ (= A* distinction) in IGCSE Further Maths
  • We had 1 pupil gaining 8 GCSEs at grade 9 plus an A* in PE taken a year early in Y10.  Believe me, this is an exclusive club to get into!
  • Our average value added at Tower College is 0.72 per pupil per subject.  This means that each pupil in each GCSE is almost ¾ of a grade higher than  expected on average.
  • 40% of our pupils gained 1 or more grade 9s
We are having some of the papers reviewed from a marking perspective at present and are hopeful that there may be some results upgraded to add to the above-mentioned statistics.  But whatever the outcome, a big congratulations to all our 2018 cohort and we all wish you the best of luck in the future, wherever life may lead you.
Mrs Knox

New Numerical Grades System – 2018

Year Pupils 9 8 7 6 5 4
2018 30 46 32 75  69 40 17

Previous Years Results 

Year  Pupils A* A B C
2017 21 27 39 32  23
2016 36 37 106 95  82
2015 22 33 41 61 64
 2014 44 83 106 95 88
2013 39 76 105 104 53
2012 36 119 157 99 42
2011 46 81 164 158 71
2010 43 119 157 99 42
2009 47 50 170 160 84
2008 49 66 126 137 102
2007 61 58 135 162 145
2006 50 49 99 165 92
2005 37 53 98 108 57
2004 46 69 151 123 62
2003 47 96 145 93 71
2002 31 39 94 95 41
2001 40 57 118 103 59
2000 30 56  69  85  51 

New Numerical Grades System – 2018

Year No. of Pupils % Grade Achieved % 9 – 4 % 9 – 7 Average pass/ pupil
2018 30 100 95 49 9.9

Previous Years Results

Year No. of Pupils Average (A*-C) Pass Rate A* & A Grades
2017  21  9.0  89%  52%
2016  36  8.6  91%  49%
2015  22  9.0  90%  37%
 2014  44  8.4  88%  48%
2013  39  8.7  97%  53%
2012  36  9.4  95%  57%
2011  46  10.3  96%  50%
2010  43  8.8  97%  65%
2009  47  9.9  96%  46%
2008  49  8.8  86%  38%
2007  61  9.3  88%  34%
2006  50  8.1  90%  37%
2005  37  8.5  94%  48%
2004  46  8.8  95%  54%
2003  47  8.6  94%  56%
2002  31  8.7  97%  46%
2001  40  8.8  96%  52%
2000  30  8.7  97%  46%