St Peter’s School is celebrating a set of fantastic GCSE results, demonstrating a significant improvement upon last year’s record breaking achievement.
66 per cent of students achieved grade 9-4 in both English and maths– a rise from 55 per cent in 2016. 11 students at the School achieved grade 9, the highest grade, placing them within the top 5 per cent of students nationally. In particular 9 students achieved grades A/A*’s across 9 subjects.
76 per cent of students achieved an English grade between 9-4, a 4 being equivalent to an old C grade under the government’s new grading system, with 73 per cent achieving a 9-4 grade in mathematics.
Christopher Bennet, Headteacher of St Peter’s School, commented: “We have seen a great improvement in students’ attitudes to learning”.
“Due to the hard work and determination of students and staff, along with the support of our parents, we have achieved results to be proud of.”
In science, results have been particularly high with 94 per cent achieving A*-C in physics and 98 per cent in biology.
Further success can be seen in other subjects - 89 per cent of students achieved A*-C in computer science and 79 per cent in Art.
New scoring system
This system has been introduced for English literature, English language and mathematics GCSEs. The new scoring system grades student’s results on a 1-9 scale, with 9 being the best grade. This system aims to allow for more differentiation between students’ results with 4 being a standard pass and 5 a stronger pass. Similarly, an 8 or 9 score is the equivalent to an A*, but the new system provides distinction between students who would achieve a lower A* to those achieving a higher A*. This provides 4-9 as being comparable to A*-C. Additionally, the new English and maths GCSEs implemented this year are more rigorous with one final exam at the end of Year 11, rather than spread across the two years.
The grading system has only been rolled out with English and maths for the 2017 results. In 2018, another 20 subjects will be graded at levels 1-9 with the aim that by 2019 a majority of subjects will be under this new system