Burnt Mill Academy Trust

GCSE Success for BMAT

BURNT MILL ACADEMY

Burnt Mill Academy students were today celebrating personal triumphs as they opened their GCSE exam results.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new grade 9 to 1 GCSEs for the first time in maths and English, with staff having to prepare students for examinations no one had sat or seen.

The maths and English GCSEs were new exams with different content and exam paper styles. The new 9 to 1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A* to G grades. This dramatic break from what has gone before means any comparison of this year’s GCSE maths and English scores with previous years is meaningless. The headline figures incorporating maths and English grades which schools have quoted in the past consequently cannot be used again.

The 9 to 1 grades students have achieved in maths and English and the A* to G grades for their other subjects will be used by the Department for Education to calculate Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures for all schools. These will be available in the autumn term.

A total of 79% of students achieved the national standard or above in maths, while 73% achieved the national standard or above in combined English. An impressive 24% of all GCSE grades were A* or A, with 53% of all grades awarded at A* to B. A total of 97% of Year 11 students were awarded at least five A* to C grades.

High achieving students this year include -

Hayleigh Luck with 9 in English and 9 in maths and 8 A*/A grades.

Charlie Deamer with 9 in English language and English literature.

Tara Mapp-Pope with top grades in English and maths and 7 A*/A grades.

Michael Prince with 9 in maths and 7 A*/A grades. Proud headteacher John Blaney said: "I would like to thank all of our students, staff, and parents for their hard work and continued support. Staff at Burnt Mill go above and beyond. Our students put in the additional hours and it really does pay off. I am immensely proud of all they have achieved.”

 

FOREST HALL SCHOOL

Forest Hall School is celebrating GCSE results above the national average for the third year running.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new grade 9 to 1 GCSEs for the first time in maths and English, with staff having to prepare students for examinations no one had sat or seen.

The maths and English GCSEs were new exams with different content and exam paper styles. The new 9 to 1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A* to G grades. This dramatic break from what has gone before means any comparison of this year’s GCSE maths and English scores with previous years is meaningless. The headline figures incorporating maths and English grades which schools have quoted in the past consequently cannot be used again.

The 9 to 1 grades students have achieved in maths and English and the A* to G grades for their other subjects will be used by the Department for Education to calculate Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures for all schools. These will be available in the autumn term.

This summer, 77% of students achieved a high standard in the new English language GCSE exams, while in GCSE maths, 67% achieved a similar standard.

The school, in Forest Hall Road, Stansted, became part of the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) in 2015 with a mission to boost student numbers and exam results and has consistently achieved it over the last three years.

Since joining BMAT, the school has seen huge changes implemented, including Saturday school and revision sessions after school in all subjects to ensure students are able to achieve their best.

Stephen Hehir, head of Forest Hall since BMAT adopted the school, said: “Once again, it gives me so much pleasure to congratulate my students on their fantastic achievement in the summer 2017 series of examinations. This year marks the third year in a row that GCSE results at Forest Hall School are above the national average. I applaud all my students, their teachers and their parents for this wonderful achievement.

“The message this sends out to everyone in the community is that at Forest Hall School all our students work hard and this allows them to achieve their highest potential. At Forest Hall School, we believe in ALL of our students and ALL of our students know they can be hugely successful.”

High achieving students in Year 11 this year include -

· Daisy Pearce-Allen ten higher grade GCSEs, including Grade 8 in English language, A in religious education and drama.

· Dominic Estrellas ten higher grade GCSEs, including A* in photography, Distinction* in ICT, Grade 7 in English literature.

· Hannah Parson ten higher grade GCSEs, including six A*/A grades, including A* in additional science and textiles and A grades in geography, further science, history and core science.

· Lukas Wallis ten higher grade GCSEs, including A in Spanish and Grade 7 in English literature.

· Finnbarr Ambrose nine higher grade GCSEs, including A in PE, Distinction in ICT, Grade 7 in English literature and B in additional science, resistant materials, English language and core science.

Success also went to students entered early for GCSE exams in Year 9 and 10. Students at Forest Hall School complete up to two option GCSEs in Year 9 or 10.

Year 10 high achievers include -

Gorka Comet-Ologaray A* in French and Spanish

Mami Seck A in PE and sociology

Amelia Beck A in drama, B in geography

Marcia Amaral-Cardoso A* in Portuguese, B in business studies

Year 9 high achievers include -

Dennis Elsley A in ICT

Armani-Jai Newman A in geography

 

EPPING ST JOHN'S

Epping St John’s School students were today celebrating “transformational” GCSE results.

Year 11 students were thrilled with “massive success” at the school, in Bury Lane, Epping, with the best results in the school’s history.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new grade 9 to 1 GCSEs for the first time in maths and English, with staff having to prepare students for examinations no one had sat or seen.

The maths and English GCSEs were new exams with different content and exam paper styles. The new 9 to 1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A* to G grades. This dramatic break from what has gone before means any comparison of this year’s GCSE maths and English scores with previous years is meaningless. The headline figures incorporating maths and English grades which schools have quoted in the past consequently cannot be used again.

The 9 to 1 grades students have achieved in maths and English and the A* to G grades for their other subjects will be used by the Department for Education to calculate Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures for all schools. These will be available in the autumn term.

In maths, 16 students scored the new Grade 9 or 8 – among just 3% of students nationally expected to make the top grades.

A total of 79% achieved the national standard or above in combined English, while 65% of students achieved the national standard or above in maths. Of all the GCSE results, 28% were equivalent to an A grade or better, while most subjects saw at least a 20% increase in A* to C grades.

Jo Daniels, co-head of school, said: “The results are a true reflection of the hard work and perseverance by students and staff and the support from parents. We are living though exciting times at Epping St John’s, with significant capacity for further improvement.

“Well done to all of our Year 11 students who worked so hard. They should be extremely proud of themselves and their achievements.”

Emma Ruffles, co-head of school, said: “We are very proud of all of the students at Epping St John’s and the dedication and commitment they have shown. Epping St John’s has continued to thrive and build upon its success and we are looking forward to welcoming many of our students back to our school to begin the next part of their journey at a high quality sixth form provision.

“These results do not just happen and are evidence of the hard work and perseverance of staff and students at Epping St John’s. I wish all of the students ongoing and continued success for the future.”

The school is preparing to move into a new chapter with plans to join a multi-academy trust later this year.

Allan Osborne, executive headteacher, said: “These results are nothing less than transformational. They are beyond my wildest dreams. We use the phrase ‘golden ticket’ in our vision statement. These results clearly show that coming to ESJ means these student have won the golden ticket in their education.

“We now go forward with a real sense of pride as we work to further improve these spectacular improvements and create the outstanding school we all dream of and which will become a reality.”

The success follows last week’s A-level results where 55% of students scored an A* to B grade and 91% achieved an A* to C.

Ben Murphy, chair of governors, said: “Early indications suggest this year's results have surpassed expectations and are further evidence of what has been a transformational couple of years at Epping St John's School.

“The clarity of vision, the skill and commitment of staff and students, the support of parents and our community all working together as one family has delivered these results. The impact, of course, is brighter futures and more diverse opportunities for our students, who also now have the opportunity to continue their education at our sixth form.

“Our journey to outstanding strategy is well under way, but there will always be areas we can build upon and we will do so as we welcome yet another over-subscribed year group in September.”