Many smiling faces brightened the Anglo today as GCSE results were announced. Co-headteacher, David Barrs, explained, “The Anglo offers a very broad and distinctive education which involves students in studying the arts, humanities, technology and languages as well as the required statutory subjects of Citizenship, English, Mathematics, PE and Science.
It is a challenging but rewarding education which prepares them well for their futures”. This breadth is reflected in the English Baccalaureate where over half of Anglo students have been recognised, well above the national average for state schools.
In a year when nationally higher grades are falling, the school has withstood these trends and continued to increase its A*-A grades which are up 3 % points to 31%. Also, yet again, as the gap between boys and girls has continued to widen, the difference at the Anglo is a mere 2% whilst nationally the % of boys achieving 5 A*-C has fallen to 62.4% – 9% below the equivalent figure for girls.
70% of students achieved A*-C in English and Mathematics of which 31% achieved A*/A grades. Four students, Franziska Beck, Eleanor Clarke, Sana Hassanali and Keir May achieved 11 A* and a further 8 students achieved 10 A*s. 100% achieved A*-G.
As a centre of excellence for language learning where every student studies at least one language and usually two if not three, these are particularly important statistics to note. The school continues to set very high standards in this area with 77% achieving at least one A*-C in a language. 63% achieved two such grades in a language and 14% achieved three. At a time when French and German entries nationally has continued to fall, this is particularly satisfying for the school. Again, actual results are not only up on last year in all languages but have bucked the national trend where they show a decline on last year.
Other highlights included an impressive 96, 95 and 97% A*-C in Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively. National trends for Combined Science are down this year, whilst here at the Anglo they are up.
The school has also pioneered the use of the prestigious Cambridge International Examinations in the state sector and our History students obtained 91% A*-C without any fails. With the same board, 100% of students secured A*-C in English as a Second Language.
The increasingly important progress figure (Progress 8) is up from 0.26 to 0.34 which means most students made better progress towards their own potential. Co-Headteacher, Mrs Gee, said, “Many of our students have met and exceeded their own targets, set against national expectations; whether they were aiming for a B or an A *, their achievements, against expected outcomes are exceptional and we’re looking forward to working with them next year as they pursue their education at Anglo’s outstanding 6th form.”
The school has received record numbers of applications for the sixth form and, having increased its capacity, can consider late applications for those still seeking 6th form places for the International Baccalaureate and A level.