GCSE & A LEVEL STUDENTS PERFORM IN LINE WITH TOP END SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY
In the last few weeks, the national picture for school performance has been released and has allowed us to reflect on our summer results in comparison to schools nationally. Our initial delight at the quality of results achieved at both GCSE and post-16 has been confirmed by this release and shown that the students of The Blandford School performed in line with the top end of schools in the country.
At GCSE, our school progress score, which measures the rate of progress made from students’ SAT scores to GCSE, was significantly above the national average and placed us in the top 27% of schools in the country,including selective schools. In addition, our attainment score, which identifies the quality of grades achieved by students, placed us in the top 26% of schools nationally. Within these figures, we can also see huge successes by different groups of students. Boys bucked the national trend by closing the progress gap between boys and girls. Highly academic students achieved a rate of progress that was significantly above progress made by highly academic students across the country, placing in them in the top 20% in the country, and in the top 10% for the EBacc subjects collectively and Science. For this group overall, 56 Grade 9s were achieved, the highest grade and awarded to the top 3% of students. English and Maths results were also above the national average, with 66% of students achieving a Grade 4 in both English and Maths. Overall, 76% of students gained a Grade 4 or above in English and 72% of students gained a Grade 4 or above in Maths.
At A-level, over a quarter of grades were at A*-A and over half of grades were between A*-B. Along with 76% of grades achieved between Distinction* and Distinction in vocational qualifications, this has resulted in a progress score that places The Blandford School fourth amongst sixth forms in Dorset, including independent schools. Six subjects, including Chemistry, Physics and Economics, achieved a level of progress from GCSE that is in line with the top 25% of schools nationally. We are absolutely thrilled for our ex Year 11 and ex Year 13 students whose hard work paid off, we will be celebrating with them at Presentation Evening in December. We would also like to congratulate the staff in a year of significant curriculum and assessment change
Post 16 Results
The Blandford School is celebrating exceptional A Level and Vocational results today with students in the year group smashing all previous records.
The overall pass rate this year was a fantastic 100%, with 32% of students achieving the coveted top grades of A*- A, and 60% achieving A* – B. These figures mean the school has achieved exceptionally well in a year when pass rates are down.
Of particular note were A Level performances recorded by Ruby Opalka who achieved 2A*s and 1A, Ruby will now be heading to Manchester to study English with Creative Writing; Lauren Barton’s 2 A*s and 1B means she has achieved her dream of studying medicine at Southampton in September 2019; Emma de Sarum achieved 1A* and 2As and will be relocating to Exeter where she will read Law. Emma is an example of a student who has taken every opportunity whilst at TBS to be involved in numerous additional activities; Hector Solway achieved 3A’s and an A* which secures him a place at Bath to study Physics. Andrew Madders, Hari Teversham and Katie Willis-Fisher should be very proud of their 1A*, 1A and 1B.
Other A Level high fliers include Rheanna Jane, Alysha Hennicker, Tilli Eager, Masmi Gurung, Scott Jones, Robert Myers, Katherine Stanley, Ellie Wills, Flo Hendy, Grace Ritchie and Seren Birtles.
It has, without doubt, been a magnificent summer for students and staff at The Blandford School. Last week saw post 16 students smash school records and year 11’s collecting their results today have followed suit.
In the new exams which have been described as ‘the toughest for a generation’, the results were exceptionally good: 76% of students achieved a standard pass in English and 64% a strong pass. In maths, 72% achieved a standard pass and 52% a strong pass. The combined figure – those students who achieved at least a standard pass in both English and maths was therefore 66%, with 49% achieving a strong pass. High Ability students performed very well indeed with 50% of them achieving a Grade 7 or above in English and 45% achieving a Grade 7 or above in mathematics; 25% of entries achieved Grades 9 -7 (the old A*/A) and 75% 9-4 (A*- C). Science results were phenomenal and the ‘best ever’ for TBS, other subjects which have shown significant improvement this year are geography and languages.
There were some excellent individual performances with a host of students gaining impressive sets of the coveted Grade 9 which is awarded to the top 3% of students nationally. Samuel Hughes and Mansoon Tamang top the leaderboard with both achieving seven Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and one Grade A; Olivia Sellen also did brilliantly with her five Grade 9s and 3 Grade 8s closely followed by Amy Lewis who achieved four Grade 9s, five Grade 8s and 1 Grade A; Emma Wright also achieved ten 9 -7 passes with three Grade 9s, three Grade 8s and four Grade 7s. Other students who will be celebrating include Akira Lane with three Grade 9s, two Grade 8s, three Grade 7s and one Grade A. Rosie Belle Platts, Louie Didcott and Chloe Russell all achieved three Grade 9s, two Grade 8s, two Grade 7s and one Grade A; Lauren Green gained two Grade 9s, five Grade 8s and two Grade 7s; Joshua Pitman achieved two Grade 9s, one Grade 8, three Grade 7s and one Grade A. The list of high fliers goes on and on with the following all achieving Grade 9s and Grade 8s within their suite of excellent results: George Lewis, Oliver Dobson, Alfie Panchaud, Andrew Thomas, Felicitas Bissel, William Rogers, Poppy Failes, Alice Knightbridge, Georgia Roncaglia, Lilijan Erim, Harry Sutton, Ben Willson, Leah O’Loughlin, Oliver Cleal, Grace Gardiner, Oliver Hendy, Alex Robinson, Georgina Bailey and Edward Winkle.