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Secondary School Performance Tables
The Secondary School Performance Tables provide information on the achievements of pupils in secondary schools, how they compare with other schools in the Local Authority (LA) area and in England as a whole.
All students in Years 10 and 11 follow courses leading to public examinations for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and a range of other courses. Most students take examinations in nine subjects although the most able will be entered for up to eleven subjects.
The examination results are published according to The Education (Information on School Examination Results) (England) Regulations and this new format has been used when drawing up the statistics.
The school is always pleased to discuss results overall or in any specific area(s). Enquiries should be addressed in the ﬁrst instance to Mr. Birkett, Headteacher.
A Level Results Day at Wollaston School
The nervous wait is finally over and sixth form students at Wollaston School gathered together to celebrate their successes in the 2019 A level and BTEC qualifications. Despite a drop nationally, the numbers of Wollaston students securing the top grades remained high, and improved from 2018, with around three quarters of entries awarded A*-C grades, Merits or Distinctions.
Head of Sixth Form, Mr Tony Mills, was very happy with the results; “it is great to see so many smiling faces, they all thoroughly deserve the grades that they have achieved. It is really pleasing to see our students successfully securing places at university or on apprenticeships and excited about taking their next steps.”
Mr James Birkett, Headteacher of Wollaston School and CEO of the Nene Valley Partnership commented, “We are incredibly proud of the achievements of all of our Sixth Form students and it is a great pleasure to see so many that have worked so hard over the last two years, fulfil their potential in A Level and BTEC qualifications. Our students have secured places at some of the best universities and employers in the country. At a time of national volatility, the average grade achieved by Wollaston School students has risen from a C to a C+ in 2019. This is tribute to the hard work and talents of an excellent cohort of students, the support given to them by their parents, families and friends, and the dedication and commitment of their teachers.”
With the clamour for high quality university courses as competitive as ever, Wollaston students were also successful in securing places at a wide range of institutions, including a number at prestigious Russell Group universities. Every student who wanted to secure a University place has been able to do so. This year has also seen a rise in popularity of Higher Level Apprenticeship courses, and Wollaston has numerous students who have successfully applied to follow this relatively new pathway next year.
There were some outstanding individual performances:
- Sam Young did superbly achieving A*A*A*A and is looking forward to studying Maths at the University of Warwick.
- Sam Matthews did equally as well, also securing A*A*A*A and heading to Durham to study Maths. He has said he is over the moon with his results and with starting at university.
- Wissam Whayeb will be studying dentistry at Birmingham and is thrilled with his excellent A*A*A results.
- Morgan Skett did superbly to achieve D*D*D in his courses and is now already working and planning for a working trip to Australia.
- Sean Bromilow achieved AAA and a Distinction* and is really excited and happy to have achieved his long term goal of going to The University of Nottingham to study Physics. “Wollaston has done an excellent job in preparing me” he said, “this is what I’ve always wanted to do and I cannot wait to start”.
- Harvey Punter is very happy, he cannot wait to start at Sheffield where he will be studying Biomedical Science having secured three A grades.
- Francesca Zoboky is extremely happy with her ABB results and really excited to be studying Music at the University of Cardiff.
GCSE Results Day at Wollaston School
Students and staff are once again celebrating an excellent set of GCSE qualifications at Wollaston School. Results look set to become Wollaston’s best ever GCSE outcomes for the second consecutive year, following 2018’s previous record breaking performance.
The headline measure of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths has increased to a new high of 75%, following 2018’s previous best ever performance of 72%.
Students have also achieved exceptional results in Science, with a grade 4 or above pass rate, now standing at 79%, up by 10% on 2018’s previous record breaking performance.
Students have achieved great results throughout the curriculum, with the average grade achieved at a Grade 5 (defined by Ofqual and the Department for education as a “strong pass”).
The proportion of top grades awarded has also increased again from 2018’s previous high point. 25% of students achieved the gold standard of a grade 7 or above in English (up from 22% in 2018), and 20% achieved this benchmark in Maths (up from 16% in 2018).
Headteacher, Mr James Birkett, commented “I warmly congratulate all of our GCSE students, whose hard work, dedication and positivity has paid off in achieving a truly exceptional set of results. At Wollaston, we are incredibly proud of the way in which students, staff and parents work collaboratively towards shared goals and the success of this approach can be seen in these record breaking results. I congratulate every individual for all that they have achieved, and we look forward to welcoming back the majority of our Year 11 students to continue their studies in the Sixth Form.”
Wollaston School students enjoyed some exceptional individual results, with the following students achieving particularly notable qualifications:
Christopher Elvin – 7 Grade 9’s (French, Maths, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Music) & 2 Grade 8’s (English Language, English Literature)
Millie Brennan – 3 Grade 9’s (History, Biology, Chemistry) & 4 Grade 8’s (Textiles, German, English Language, English Literature)
Barnaby Portsmouth – 3 Grade 9’s (History, Biology, Chemistry) & 2 Grade 8’s (Food Preparation & Nutrition, German)
Jacob Coleman – 5 Grade 9’s (Maths, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics) & 1 Grade 8 (English Literature)
Abbie Smart – 4 Grade 9’s (History, Dance, Biology, Chemistry) & 3 Grade 8’s (German, Maths, Physics)
Adam Turnbull – 5 Grade 9’s (History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature) & 3 Grade 8’s (Maths, Geography, Photography)
Penny Walpole – 5 Grade 9’s (History, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics) & 3 Grade 8’s (French, Dance, English Language)
David Wilcox – 4 Grade 9’s (Maths, Biology, Physics, English Literature) & 4 Grade 8’s (French, History, Chemistry, English Language)
Alana Wright – 6 Grade 9’s (History, Maths, Dance, Biology, Chemistry, Physics) & 1 Grade 8 (English Literature)
Toby Davenport – 3 Grade 9’s (Maths, Biology, Chemistry) & 1 Grade 8 (Physics)
Heads of Year 11, Mrs Janine Hobson and Mr Matthew Jackson, commented: “As a year team we are truly ecstatic at the results this talented Year 11 cohort have achieved. The results are a true testament to the year group’s work ethic and dedication over the past academic year! We have seen new records set within these results and this sets a great foundation for all of the pupil’s future career ambitions”.