After a summer term ravaged by Coronavirus, St Anne’s pupils did exceptionally well at their GCSEs this year.
A total of nine pupils took the exams and studied diligently to produce the best results the school has achieved in at least four years.
Two thirds obtained the benchmark five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (now known as grades 9-4) including English and Maths – this compares to just 25 per cent last year and in 2016, with around 50 per cent achieving that standard in the two years between.
More than three quarters – 77.8 per cent – achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C in any subject, compared to 56 per cent last year and 38 per cent in 2016.
All students once again achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A*-G.
No formal examinations took place at St Athis year because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Grading was instead determined by UK governing body, Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation. They moderated and standardised a bank of information gathered by the school on each pupil’s educational performance, including mock exam results, assessments and coursework.
Today the youngsters travelled into St Anne’s School today to collect their results from a table set up outside. Teachers isolating in the school property opposite – including headmaster Martin Winward – were able to watch as they opened the envelopes containing their results and give them a cheer afterwards.
There was a jubilant atmosphere after the envelopes had been opened.
Connor Osborne and Dylan Taylor-Cawkwell, both 16, got the results they needed to study at college and from there, they hope, enter the RAF.
Connor said: ‘ Opening exam results is always nerve-wracking but I’m sure that this year it was even a bit more so because there was such uncertainty. Are they going to go particularly bad for everyone this year – or are they going to be particularly good? We’ve all worked really hard and it’s good to see everyone happy.’
Pupils studying Fine Art, Graphics, Technology, Physical Education, English Literature and Geography all did particularly well this year, with 100% pass rate at grade C (4) or higher.
Top grades equivalent to the former A grade were achieved in subjects including Mathematics, Science, English Language, Graphics and Geography.
The majority of pupils sitting Science Double Award enjoyed notable success, taking advantage of the brand new science laboratory at the school.
Away from the classroom St Anne’s pupils achieved awards and accreditations in IT , learning ‘out of hours’ in our Adult Flexi Centre, the Prince’s Trust Award, Discoverer and Explorer certificates with the John Muir Award, First Aid and RLSS Survive and Save.
More than 60% of the cohort achieved Bronze and/or Silver Award Duke of Edinburgh Award in their time at school and all achieved their industry recognised Food & Hygiene Award, which was supported by the recently departed and well-loved Liz Hope.
Mr Winward stressed caution when comparing the achievements of different cohorts over the years because of the small size of each year group.
‘I am extremely proud of the achievements of all our pupils this year. Year 11 pupils are testament to true resilience. This year’s cohort was recognised early as having huge potential and I am delighted that pupils have either met or exceeded expectations living up to our school motto – ‘Inspired to Learn… Supported to Succeed’. Individual successes are grounded in the solid relationships fostered at our school, the dedication of staff and the diligent support of our parents.
‘The Year 11 leavers’ assembly was a moving occasion which will remain special in our experiences of COVID-19 and the challenges we have all recently encountered.
‘I personally would like to thank all of our teachers from early years, infant, junior and secondary for their collective efforts in enabling pupils at St. Anne’s to stride forward with confidence.
‘All pupils have secured Post-16 destinations and the school is proud of the confident, well rounded individuals they have become. Today we recognise that for our 16 year old pupils, it is the beginning of the next chapter of their lives in an ever uncertain world – their preparedness is to be commended. The staff at St. Anne’s wish all leavers the very best in their futures, and I am sure parents and the wider community will join us in congratulating them on this year’s results. We look forward to building on these successes in 2020/21.’
There will be an Autumn 2020 examination session from Monday 2nd November to Monday 23rd November where pupils who do not feel their grades awarded this summer are representative of their ability will be able to sit examinations. All qualifications will be exam only, with no coursework except in Art and Design. We will be able to offer a limited amount of support for pupils in this position. Pupils have the details for resits should they choose this option.