Students celebrate years of hard work as they receive their GCSE results

Anglo students celebrated 5 years of hard work today when they received their GCSE results. Although we move in to a new era of GCSEs with a new grading system, the emotions remain the same – excitement, elation, joy and relief. Some will, of course, be disappointed but the overwhelming feeling today was positive, as young people of all abilities sensed real achievement.

With the changes, it is not possible to compare with previous years but what we can say is that our students have enjoyed remarkable success in a range of subjects which is a hallmark of the Anglo’s broad, baccalaureate curriculum. They are well-prepared to move on to the next stage of their educational journey. In fact, no less than nine subjects achieved 100% grade A*-C, the average grade in 19 subjects was a Grade A*, A or B and in 27 subjects the pass rate was 100%.

In addition to success in English, Mathematics and Science, 73% of our students achieved at least one good grade (A*-C) in a modern foreign language, 90% achieved a Level 4 (a pass in the new system of grading) in English Language/Literature and almost 80% did so in Mathematics – both of which have been made more challenging this year. Indeed, in English 36% achieved a Grade 7-9 (equivalent to the old Grade A, A* and A*+) and 21% did so in Mathematics. Altogether, Anglo students sat a GCSE in 12 languages – who said the British were not good at learning languages?!

Whilst it is no longer possible to compare with previous years, we can compare with the national picture; the % of students achieving a Grade C or the new Grade 4 is 75% for the Anglo (nationally 66.3%); those achieving a Grade A or 7 is 29.2% at the Anglo (20% nationally); English Literature Grade 4+ 85.6% (71.9%), English Language 83.1% (64.9%) and Mathematics 77.6% (69%).

Co-headteacher, David Barrs, said “The way in which our staff and students have responded to the changes in GCSEs this year has been impressive. The removal of coursework and staged unit assessments plus the re-writing of the syllabus specifications have made the exams far more challenging. We must continue to manage these changes but also be aware of the additional pressures this places on our students.”

Jody Gee, Co-headteacher, added “One new aspect in the results table this year is the introduction of the new Grade 9, a “gold standard” which exceeds the A* level of attainment and is awarded to the top 1% of students nationally. We were particularly delighted to achieve 4 in English Language, 10 in English literature and 4 in Mathematics in this first year; an exceptional achievement for these students.”

Note: As of this year, GCSE’s have been made deliberately more challenging as a result of Government policy and, of course, a new 9-1 grading system is being introduced starting with English and Mathematics. It is not possible, therefore, to make comparisons with previous years and the 9-1 grading system must not be compared to the A*-U system that is being phased out.

One consequence of this, is that it is not possible to talk of ‘record’ results in a general sense, but the school will be assessing each department against the targets we set to ensure that progress continues and variations between subjects are minimised.

A level Students Celebrate their Results

Today, our A level students joined their International Baccalaureate peers in celebrating their results.

Despite many changes in the way in which A levels are now organised, Anglo students achieved their customary excellent results – well done!  Mrs Gee and Mr Barrs were present to share in the successes and learn about their next steps.  79% of our students have secured their first choice of university, including almost a third of our Sixth Form progressing to ‘higher tariff’ (Russell Group) universities, which is an outstanding achievement.  We also know that, as we write, a number of near-miss students are having very constructive conversations with their preferred universities and the unique Anglo experience, which is broad and outward looking, is a common point of reference in those conversations. Indeed, during this summer holiday alone we have had 16 students in Lesotho working in the  our partner community in Malalea  as well as 15 students in Nicaragua on a World Challenge expedition. The breadth of the curriculum is further demonstrated with Anglo students achieving success in 8 different languages this year as well as over 60% of students studying Mathematics and Sciences.

As one would expect at the Anglo, many are also heading for universities abroad including  Denmark and Spain.  A variety of degree subjects are being pursued ranging from Law and Medicine to Automotive Engineering, International Relations and Languages.

Director of Sixth for and Assistant Headteacher, Stuart Newton, said “As in keeping with the unique set of programmes that we offer at AES, I am particularly pleased with the acceptance rate from universities who appreciate the full range of courses that we offer at all levels and the wide range of experiences our students can evidence that make them stand out from the crowd both in the UK and overseas. ”.

IB Diploma students averaged 33 out of a maximum 45 points against a world average of 30.  One student, achieved the full 45 points, placing her in the top 1% of over 150,000 students who sat the examination worldwide.  Students following the IB Career Programme study some A levels  and all passed. At A level a third of our students secured grades at A*-B and 97% secured grades at A*-E.  Overall of all the qualifications sat, almost one in 5 of the grades awarded were A*/A and over 45% were awarded at A*-B.

These results come about from the hard work of students , staff and parents.  Thank you and congratulations to you all.

Please note that all data relating to A level is provisional and subject to verification including remarks.  IB data is secure.

Mandarin Excellence Programme

The students gave presentations in Mandarin Chinese and then responded to questions about the Mandarin Excellence Programme from the Lords and APPG members present. The attendees were highly impressed by the level of their language, and in particular, their pronunciation and accuracy of their written characters. We were also treated to a tour of the Houses of Parliament and were able to sit in on a debate in the House of Lords.

The fluency and competence of the pupils was praised by everyone attending, including a Cambridge professor. Mr Bald, a member of the Teaching Schools Council wrote to congratulate the school on the exceptional presentation by the students and to the All Party Parliamentary Group. “The students’ understanding of both written and spoken Mandarin showed the benefits of this approach in learning new languages.”

In June, Elise Adeyemo 7C was invited to speak at the official opening of the Model UCL IOE Confucius Institute at 15 Woburn Square, London. UCL. Provost and President Michael Arthur cut the ribbon alongside PKU President Lin Jianhua, Minister Zhu Qin of the Chinese Embassy to the UK and Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice Provost (International) at UCL. Both complimented Elise on her fluency, use of characters and perfect tones and her performance was mentioned again in the opening speeches of the IOE Confucius Institute Annual Chinese Conference, the biggest CPD for teachers of Mandarin in the country by Dame Nicola Brewer and Professor Becky Francis is Director of the UCL Institute of Education.