Students and facilities at William Brookes School in Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Exam Results

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William Brookes School students achieve outstanding GCSE results

GCSE Results

The students of William Brookes achieved 71% grade 4 or better in English and Maths, and 40% grade 5 or better in both (77% the 153 students gained a good pass (grade 4 or better) in Maths with 82% gaining the same in English) .We encourage our students to take a varied curriculum, including a language, and this year 31% 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.

There were some stunning results gained by our students this year, our best eight students gained 21 grade 9’s and 27 grade 8’s between them. A special congratulations go to Rowan Hickey, Faye James, Elle Humphries, Kiara Kearney, Alex Barrett and Ella Stenton.

The progress of many of our students while studying at William Brookes School demonstrates the hard work of our students to achieve their very best. Marcus Gilbert achieved on average three grades higher in every subject than predicted, resulting in an impressive set of results that has opened many doors for the future. Alongside Marcus, Kiera Kearney, Henry Rowlands, Megan Birt, Manali Ware achieved on average two grades higher than expected.

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 2019 results show we achieved higher than the National Averages for 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 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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2017 2018 2019 Percentage national figures 2019 Local Authority (Shropshire) 2019
Attainment 8 50.4 47.2 47.1 46.6 46.1
Progress 8 0.04 0.05 -0.09 -0.03 -0.08
Grade 4+ in Maths and English 78% 64% 71% 64% 63%
Grade 5+ in Maths and English 59% 41% 40% 43% 41%
English Baccalaureate Average point score 4.46 4.17 4.13 4.07 4.05

‘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 proudly celebrate their A Level results

William Brookes School celebrate A Level Results

Sixth Form students at William Brookes School have been rewarded with a strong set of A level results. 50 A-Level students have secured over a 99% pass rate with 40% of students achieving grades A*-B and 68% A* - C grades.

Head of William Brookes School, Geoff Renwick commented:

“These results reflect the hard work that staff and students have contributed over the last two years, leading to our notable academic success. They have been great role models and I wish them all well in the next stage of their lives, at University or the apprenticeships that they have selected.”

Chair of Governors, Catherine Connery added:

“This is another set of very pleasing results that confirms William Brookes School Sixth Form as one of Shropshire’s top schools for A levels. These excellent results are sure to inspire students coming through the school, as well as those students joining us from other schools in the county”

Amongst the many individual success stories, special mention must go to Eleanor Bennett, Sam Brown, Caitlin Chatham, Dillon Edge, Mollie James, Simon Mohr and Amber Wyatt for some stunning results.

Previous results

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Year Grade
A*-A A*-B A*-C A*-E
2016 17% 42% 69% 97%
2017 25% 44% 68% 97%
2018 18% 43% 72% 97%
2019 unvalidated 10% 40% 68% 98%


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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%