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Celebrations as students achieve outstanding GCSE results

(Posted on 24/08/17)

Celebrations as students achieve outstanding GCSE results

Students and staff at William Brookes School in Much Wenlock are today celebrating the school’s best-ever GCSE results. 76% of the 153 students at the 11-18 comprehensive school have secured 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths, the two subjects graded on the new numbers system for the first time this year.

90% of students gained a grade 4 or better in English (old C grade) with 80% gaining a grade 5 or better (high C+). Results in Maths were also excellent with 80% gaining a good pass (grade 4 or better) and 62% gaining a strong pass (grade 5 or better). In addition, a best ever 37% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate, the government’s school performance measure of academic subjects, and 99% secured 5 GCSE passes.

20% of all grades at the school were at A or A* and 54% at A*-B. Ten individual students - Brad Jones, Mika Day-Gough, Freddie Ross, Lily Hayward, Emelia Stonebanks, Simon Singh-Moore, Cameron Mackie, Maisie Thornton, Sam Brown and Sharla Harvey - achieved 8 or more A/A*, accumulating 57 A* and 35 A grades between them.

Geoff Renwick, Head of William Brookes School, praised students and teaching staff on their achievements:

“This is an excellent set of GCSE results, and all those who worked so hard to achieve their personal and academic goals should be very proud of their success. Over 78% of our students secured a good pass, a grade 4 (old C grade) in both English and Maths with nearly 60% gaining the new strong pass, a grade 5, in both subjects, which is fantastic at this time of new and more challenging syllabi. I’d also like to congratulate our teaching staff for their expert and supportive teaching. We are already looking forward to welcoming many students back to William Brookes School to start their A Level studies in just a couple of weeks’ time, when they will be joined by students from schools across the county.”

Chair of Governors, Catherine Connery added:

“We are delighted with such a positive set of GCSE results, which are a credit to both our students and staff, and confirm our place amongst the county’s top comprehensive schools.”

Previous results

At Key stage 4 our students study on average between nine and ten subjects which are mainly GCSE’s. In the last two years, the Government have made the list of qualifications that count in performance tables much narrower and centre more on GCSE exams. The school has always valued a more traditional curriculum that prepares students better for the next stage of their lives whilst providing alternative routes for learners that motivate them all to succeed.

The table below shows the data for William Brookes School for the last three years. As you can see our staff and students continue to work extremely hard to achieve the best results. Our 2016 results show we achieved higher than the National Averages in all thresholds and we are very proud of our students. As a school we are delighted in our English Baccalaureate results which have been significantly higher than the National averages for the last 3 years. This shows our students study a challenging curriculum and are very successful compared with their peers.

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2014 2015 2016 National Avg
in 2016 *
Attainment 8 N/A N/A 53.9 49.3
Progress 8 N/A N/A 0.03 -0.03
A* - C in English and Mathematics 51% 64% 73% 62%
English Baccalaureate 31% 33% 35% 24%
A* - C in English 59% 75% 80% 74%
A* - C in Mathematics 70% 71% 76% 68%

* Provisional national averages

‘Attainment 8’ score

Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

‘Progress 8’ score (progress made during the secondary school)

Progress 8 shows how well pupils at William Brookes school have progressed between the end of primary school (key stage 2) and the end of secondary school (key stage 4), compared to pupils in other schools who got similar results at the end of primary school. This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, Maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

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Sixth Form

Students celebrate excellent A Level exam results

(Posted on 17/08/17)

William Brookes School students celebrate excellent A Level exam results

Sixth Form students at William Brookes School have seen their hard work rewarded in an impressive set of A level exam results with 24% at A*/A grades, 44% at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 97%.

Head of William Brookes School, Geoff Renwick commented:

“In a year when the course structure has changed so dramatically to a full two year course without the half-way check of AS levels, it is really pleasing that our students have achieved such excellent A Level grades, particularly at the top end.

Supported by our expert teachers, they have worked extremely hard over the past two years of Sixth Form and contributed significantly to life at the school. We are extremely proud of their success and wish them well in the next stage of their lives, and look forward to welcoming our new intake of Sixth Formers from schools across Shropshire in just a few weeks’ time.”

Chair of Governors, Catherine Connery added:

“We are absolutely delighted with such superb A level results, which are testament to the hard work of our students and the support and expert teaching of our dedicated teachers. This confirms the position of William Brookes School Sixth Form as one of Shropshire’s top schools for A level study, and these excellent results are sure to inspire younger students coming through the school.”

Amongst the many exceptional individual performances, two William Brookes School students – Tom Grant and Harry Dowdeswell swept the board with 3 A* grades. Isaac James achieved 2 A*s and 1 A and four students – Tula McKinnon-Wood, Helen Godfrey, Robbie Cooper and Nimi Day Gough - were each awarded 1 A* and 2 A grades. Her excellent grades have been more than enough to secure Nimi her place at Oxford University to read English Language and Literature. Adam Goodman achieved 1 A* and 3 A grades, whilst Lucy Harper was awarded 3 straight As.

Previous results

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Year A2 AS
A*-A A*-B A*-C A*-E A-B A-C A-E
2013 21% 45% 67% 97% 28% 48% 80%
2014 22% 41% 63% 96% 32% 57% 86%
2015 18% 48% 74% 100% 27% 52% 83%
2016 17% 42% 69% 97% 35% 57% 85%


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Higher Education Work Based Placement / Apprenticeship Other - Paid Work
Including re-sit students and gap year
2013 65% 9% 26%
2014 64% 31% 5%
2015 78% 16% 6%
2016 74% 18% 8%