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Exam Results

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William Brookes School students celebrate another year of excellent results

GCSE Results

There were some stunning results in those gained by students at William Brookes School. Greg Jones with seven grade 9’s and three 8’s; Tom Morrison with five grade 9’s, four 8’s and a distinction; Annie Bynoth with four grade 9’s, five 8’s and a 7; Ollie Silgram with three grade 9’s, six 8’s and a 7; Megan Williams and James Martin each with four grade 9’s, four 8’s, one 7 and a 6. Together our best eight students gained 36 grade 9’s and 32 grade 8’s between them.

Progress 8 in the school was also very good with our score of +0.06 showing that students of all abilities achieved beyond their expectation. Katie Sheppard, Jess Baker and Henry Willis gained more than two grades per subject above their national targets.

With 64% of students gaining a grade 4 or better in English and Maths, and 42% grade 5 or better in both, attainment was also strong. 36% of students gained the English Baccalaureate. We would like to thank the staff and students for their hard work in obtaining these excellent results at this time of significant change in the national system.

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 motivates 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 2018 results show we achieved higher than the National Averages for the progress and attainment since KS2 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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2016 2017 2018 Percentage national figures 2018 Local Authority (Shropshire)
Attainment 8 49.3 5.04 47.1 46.5 45.7
Progress 8 -0.03 0.03 0.06 -0.03 -0.08
Grade 4+ in Maths and English 80% 78% 64% 64% 63%
Grade 5+ in Maths and English 59% 58% 41% 43% 40%
English Baccalaureate Average point score 4.28 4.46 4.17 4.04 4.00

‘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

William Brookes School students celebrate another year of excellent results

William Brookes School celebrate A Level Results

Sixth Form students at William Brookes School have seen their hard work rewarded in a strong set of A level results today. 81 A-Level students have secured over a 97% pass rate with 43% of students achieving grades A*-B and 72% A* - C grades.

Head of William Brookes School, Geoff Renwick commented:

“This is another excellent year for our A level results, and I would like to thank our staff and students on the hard work that has led to this great academic success. They have contributed significantly to life at the school and wish them all well in the next stage of their lives, at University or the apprenticeships that they have selected. In just a few weeks’ time we look forward to welcoming our new intake of Sixth Formers from schools across the County.”

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 dedicated teachers. This confirms the position of William Brookes School Sixth Form as one of Shropshire’s top schools for A levels, and these excellent results are sure to inspire students coming through the school.”

Individual success stories; Oliver Shires 4A*’s and accepted to Cambridge University to read Mathematics, Charlotte Casteleyn 3A*’s and 1A* in EPQ going to study medicine at UCL. Jade Bruce 1A*, 1A, 1B & 1A* in EPQ, Frank Evans 1A*, 2A’s & 1A* in EPQ, Hannah Broadley 3A’s & 1A in EPQ, Lauren Chettle 1A*, 1A, 1B, Imogen Stonebanks 2A’s, 1B & 1A in EPQ, Jess Nock Distinction*, 1A and 1C.

Previous results

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Year A2 AS
A*-A A*-B A*-C A*-E A-B A-C A-E
2016 17% 42% 69% 97% 35% 57% 85%
2017 25% 44% 68% 97% N/A N/A N/A
2018 18% 43% 72% 97% N/A N/A N/A


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Higher Education Work Based Placement / Apprenticeship Other - Paid Work
Including re-sit students and gap year
2016 74% 18% 8%
2017 71% 27% 2%
2018 65% 30% 5%