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:
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.