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South Bromsgrove High students rise to the challenge of the new GCSEs

This year was the first year of results for the reformed GCSEs in Maths, English Language and English Literature. These qualifications are designed to be more challenging and are assessed differently. English GCSEs no longer include coursework and therefore the final grade is solely determined by the exams in the summer. Maths and English GCSEs are also graded differently using a number system in which 9 is the highest grade and 1 the lowest. To give some context, broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as have achieved a C grade in previous years.

This year 67% of students in a year group of 326 have achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and Maths. This is a great achievement in light of the change to more difficult qualifications. Further to this, 9% of the students achieved a grade 9 in either English or Maths. Exceptional individual performances included Joanna Bunting (10 A*s), Rebecca Gompertz, Susan Reston (both 9A*s and 1 A) and Luke McLinden (7 A*s and 3 As). Also, Charlotte Richardson was one of only 2000 students in the whole country to achieve a grade 9 in English Language, English Literature and Maths.

In addition to academic success, over 117 students completed the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award which supports the school’s aim of developing well rounded young people.

New headteacher, Chris Smith, is delighted with the results. “I would like to congratulate students on their excellent achievements and thank parents for their support over the last three years. Students who have worked hard and shown commitment to their studies have been rewarded with superb results. This will help them to secure places on appropriate courses as they continue their education and we wish them every success in the future.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank teachers, support staff and governors. It is their hard work and willingness ‘to go the extra mile’ for the students at South Bromsgrove High that underpins these excellent outcomes.”

Chris Smith