Students perform well as GCSE results are released today

The school’s GCSE results were released to students today and the hard work of staff and students were rewarded once more. Over 80% of our students achieved 5 or more grades at A*-C and 72% achieved the same including English and Mathematics. This included the majority of the 80 students at the Anglo for whom English is not their first language.

According to David Barrs, Co-Headteacher, there were a number of highlights.  “Boys performed as well as girls which was the same pattern when A level results were published last week.  Our more able students and those with lower attainment when they joined the school were two groups that did particularly well”.

He added, “We are not complacent, all exam sessions give us information that we can use to do even better but we are delighted that, having set particularly challenging targets this year, our students, parents and staff working together have produced a record set of results which put our students in a position to make choices about the next stage in their education rather than other people making choices for them”.

80% of students achieved three levels of progress in English and Mathematics from the time they entered the school.  Jody Gee, Co-Headteacher, said, “This is an outstanding achievement for a comprehensive school particularly in view of the fact that almost half of them achieved four levels of progress.”  Jody added, “To have achieved this in a year when it seems that, for whatever reason, higher grades in Mathematics seem to have fallen is particularly pleasing.  We were also delighted with our Science results”.

The Anglo has a very distinctive curriculum based on breadth which involves all students following a course in Humanities, the Arts and Technology as well as two languages other than English alongside the core statutory requirement of English, Mathematics, Science, Citizenship, Physical Education and Personal and Social Education.  David explained, “It isn’t possible for our students to over-specialise too early and with this in mind these results are impressive. Along with the wider programme of activities such as overseas exchanges they are well-prepared for whatever challenges life throws at them both professionally and personally”.  The English Baccalaureate is a measure of breadth whereby students have to gain a high grade in Mathematics, English, a language, Science and Geography or history”.  Almost half of the Anglo’s students achieved this, something very few comprehensive schools can match.

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