STUDENTS from across Tamworth received their GCSE results today, against a National picture which has seen GCSE grades are on the rise despite the new “tougher” exams.
2018 saw the introduction of the new exams in virtually all GCSE subjects. A new grading system is in place, with grade 9–1 replacing the old A* – G. Under the new system, a grade 7 equates to an A and a 4 is equivalent to the old C grade.
The new grade 9 was designed to challenge and reward the very brightest and best students across the country – Nationally, some subjects have seen up to a third of students awarded a grade 9.
Students at The Rawlett Academy are celebrating with 59% of students securing grades 9-4 in both Maths and English. Part of Academies Enterprise Trust, the academy saw some good performances under the new, tougher GCSE exams that have been introduced over the last couple of years.
Students celebrating success with grade 8s and 9s at Rawlett include:
- Ellie Swetman, five grade 9s in History, Combined Science and English language and literature;
- Izzy Savignar, grade 9 Art, five grade 8s in English Literature, Combined Science, History and GCSE PE;
- Georgia Higton-Hollyoake, grade 9 Geography, four grade 8s in Art, Philosophy and Ethics and Combined Sciences and
- Emma Hartley, four grade 8s in Combined Science, Philosophy and Ethics, Geography and English Language.
Heather McLachlan, Headteacher at The Rawlett Academy said: “Rawlett School students are celebrating some wonderful GCSE results again today. Our trend of great results in especially in EBacc subjects, including English, History, Geography, French and Science has continued this year. We are very proud of all our students for working so hard all year, not just in their academic studies but also in their Sporting, Community and Charity achievements.”
Schools Minister Lord Agnew said: “Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at The Rawlett Academy, and the wider team at AET, on reaching the culmination of much hard work. GCSE results day marks the moment so many young people will make choices that can shape the rest of their lives, so whatever path they choose, every pupil at The Rawlett Academy should do so full of confidence.”
Julian Drinkall, CEO of AET said: “Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at The Rawlett Academy – it’s still early days for the new exam system, but we are very proud of how well students have done, and their hard work and focus over the last two years have clearly paid off. Particular congratulations to Ellie, Izzy, Georgia and Emma for their stand out results.
“At AET, we are wholly focused on ensuring that the education our academies provide helps young people go on to lead remarkable lives. That is fast becoming a reality at The Rawlett Academy and we wish all of our students the very best for the next step they take on that journey, whether it is further study or going into training or employment.
“The last three years has seen far-reaching changes at AET. Bar our name above the door, everything has changed – from the type of support we provide to each academy through to our governance. Everything is now geared towards the central goal of “remarkable lives” and it is wonderful to see the impact of those changes now coming through in each of our academies. The future is looking very positive, and my congratulations to everyone who is celebrating these results today.”
Whilst full statistics are have not yet been made available to us from other schools, The Wilnecote School have said that their students have performed well against national outcomes. Results in Mathematics, Computer Science, Science, RE, Music and Art were particularly strong.
Headteacher Sian Hartle said: “I am incredibly proud of our students who have risen so successfully to the challenge of the new examination system and whose hard work and ambition have been recognised in these results. We wish them all the best whether they are embarking on further studies, beginning an apprenticeship or entering the world of work. Our Governors and staff would like to pass on their congratulations to them and we would all like to thank our parents for the wonderful support they offer us. As the new academic year begins The Wilnecote School looks forward to building on the success of this year’s results.”
We urge people to remember however, that GCSE results are not the be-all and end-all! While many people are likely to be cheerful having attained the grades they wanted, others may be upset or worried, having not reached the grades they wanted.
f you did not attain the grades you needed for your next step, it is best to sit down with your teachers to discuss your next steps.
They will have plenty of experience with students in your situation and will likely be able to allay some of your fears and disappointment with proactive advice and support.
Your teachers should be able to advise you on what your options are given your desired path, which could include appealing your grade, taking a resit exam or finding an alternative college or sixth form to attend.
If you need any further guidance, The Exam Results Helpline is operating until August 29 from 8am to 10pm.
Follow on advice will be available from The National Careers Service to anyone that requires it after August 29.
The helpline number is: 0800 100 900