GCSE results: Worle Community School shows huge improvement in English and maths
PUBLISHED: 12:07 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2017
Worle Community School has seen a huge increase in the number of students passing English and maths, in the same year it became an academy.
GCSE grades have changed this year, with maths and English converting to a numerical system. It means a C can be both a 4 and a 5, while a 9 is better than an A*.
The school was has seen a huge improvement in its English and maths results since being branded inadequate by inspectors in June 2016, and joining the Priory Learning Trust earlier this year.
In its first set of GCSE results since becoming an academy, the school, in Redwing Drive, saw 61 per cent of its students gain a grade 4 to 9 in their English and maths – up from 47 per cent of C to A* passes in 2016.
There were improvements across the board in business studies, drama, design technology, French, geography, history, ICT and computing, science and Spanish.
Worle principal Jacqui Scott said: “These results are an indication of just how hard both year 11 students and staff at Worle Community School have worked in the past year.
“I am thrilled to see the smiles on the faces of so many of our dedicated young people. I would like to wish our students every success for the next steps of their education and careers.”
In total, 61 per cent of students received a 4 or above in English, 74 per cent did the same in English literature and 68 per cent in maths.
Several students gained grade 9s, which shows achievement in the top three per cent nationally.
Individual success came from Huw Pearse, who gained three grade 9s and six A* grades.
He intends to go to Backwell School for his A-levels, and aims to become an epidemiologist, someone who specialises in curing diseases.
His mum, Suzanne, said: “I would like to thank all the staff at the school. The quality of the teaching and commitment to the students is second to none.”
Olly Cunningham also gained two grade 9s, one grade 8, three A*s and three As.
Neville Coles, executive principal of the Priory Learning Trust, said: “It is great to see both schools in north Worle now doing so well.
“This year has seen significant changes in the exam system which has produced big challenges for students, staff and parents.
“We are delighted with our outcomes and we will improve again next year.
“It is worth remembering school is not just about exam results.
“We are absolutely committed to ensure that at both Priory and Worle we continue our very long tradition of sport, drama, music and trips – such activities are a very important part of what good schools do.
“We thank parents, carers, governors and all in our community for the great support.”