Exams & Results
Congratulations to all of our Year 11 pupils receiving their results today. They have done themselves and our school proud, achieving an amazing set of GCSE results, and have adapted fantastically to the significant changes in the system. Remarkably, 24% of grades were at A*/A (including 9-7 in English and Maths) and nearly half of pupils (47.5%) achieved at least 1 A*/A or 9-7 grade. A total of 53 pupils got 5 or more A*/A and 9-7 grades, equivalent to nearly a quarter of the year group, with 28 of these pupils achieving at least 8 of the top grades and 12 of these pupils achieving at least 10 of the top grades. Achievement in the core subjects was extremely impressive with 73% of our pupils achieving the Basics Measure (9-4 in English and Maths ). This level of performance has been matched by the other subjects across the curriculum and goes against what appears to be the national trend, particularly in English, where results are reported to have gone down, with 87% of our pupils achieving a 9-4 in either Language or Literature.
At a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to attain such excellent results, we are delighted to see the efforts of our staff and pupils recognised in this way, with over 70% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C including a 9-4 in English and Maths. Whilst acknowledging the enormous achievements of the most able is very important, what gives me the greatest pleasure is the consistent progress that our students make, irrespective of their ability or starting point. Our pupil centred approach along with the fantastic support and dedication of our parents and wonderful teachers will enable our pupils to move into the next stages of their careers with confidence.
The Year 11 Team have provided incredible support leading up to and during their exams. Year 11 Learning Manager, Becky Parry- Jones describes it as a real privilege to have worked with this year group over the past 3 years, as they have juggled their studies with additional activities in the wider school community, extending their skill sets and sharing their experiences with younger pupils. She wishes them well in their future and knows that the qualifications they have achieved, coupled with the personal skills they have developed will make them determined, resilient and successful young people.
We wish all of our 2017 Hardenhuish Year 11 ongoing success, with the large majority returning to Hardenhuish 6th Form in September where they will be able to take advantage of the new study facilities. They leave with our congratulations for their achievements and our grateful thanks for their excellent contribution to the life of our school over the last five years.
A Level Results
I am once again delighted to see the hard work of our Year 13 students rewarded with another set of impressive A Level results here at Hardenhuish with 55% of grades awarded at A*-B , over a quarter of grades at A and A* and 100% pass rate. 58 students (43% of cohort) achieved at least one A*/A grade with 21 students achieving at least 3 A*/A grades. Our students have made exceptional progress and many have exceeded the challenging targets based on their GCSE results two years ago. One of the contributors to this has been the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). 93% of students who completed the EPQ achieved a A*-B grade, with an impressive 59% of grades at A*/A, while 88% of students achieved A*-B grade in the new level 3 core maths qualification, showing the strength of the Sixth Form’s core curriculum programme which has not only boosted students UCAS points but also enhanced valuable research, communication and numeracy skills. Well over half of the grades achieved were in the facilitating A level subjects, the subjects identified by the Russell Group universities which enable progression to the largest number of degree level courses.
This continues the longstanding track record of our students achieving outstanding A level results despite the reformed A level courses in over half of the subjects in which grades are determined by final examinations taken in the summer. The new courses have been decoupled from AS levels and there has been a general reduction in the contribution of coursework. Our students have performed strongly across the subjects in contrast to the volatility in results reported by the press caused by the new A level courses.
The students have remained focussed and worked hard over the last two years and with the support of their peers, parents and dedicated teachers have achieved results which they can all be very proud of. There are many students who have exceeded their personal expectations and achieved amazing individual results, translating into an excellent set of school results. As well as their fantastic academic results, this year group have made significant contributions to our wider school life and developed skills which will serve them well as they progress on the next steps of their academic or working life. Throughout this year the students have helped to design our new 6th Form Study Area which will open at the start of the Autumn Term; they have acted as exemplary role models and mentors leaving a legacy of hard work, endeavour, leadership and community spirit for future Hardenhuish 6th Formers. Our 6th Form Team have provided unwavering support and guidance throughout, working effectively alongside the students providing invaluable information, advice and guidance, and look forward to celebrating with the students at our Governors Awards ceremony in September.
The large majority of our students will now go on to courses at some of the country’s most prestigious universities and in the most competitive subjects including medicine to pursue their studies. I wish them all, on behalf of our whole community, successful and happy futures.