In the current climate of change to GCSE subjects and their grades, all at King Alfred’s Academy were delighted to see the class of 2017 achieve such a good set of results. Students showed determination, dedication and resilience, leading to success across a broad curriculum for the students who picked up their results today, after five years of hard work.
In GCSE English 73.5% of students achieved the Government’s benchmark of Grade 4 and above, while in Mathematics 68% of students achieved this result. In all, 61% of students achieved a Grade 9-4 in both GCSE Maths and English.
This is an opportunity to celebrate individual successes after five years of hard work by both students and their teachers, with many students now set to progress into King Alfred’s highly successful 6th Form in September.
Many students achieved outstanding GCSE results. In total 27 students achieved 7 or more A or A* grades. Of these students, particular mention should be made of Benedict Hutchinson, Nathan Edwards, Harrison Goodman, Hannah Hooker, Freya Royan and Kate Strange who all achieved more than 4 A* grades – a magnificent achievement. In addition, Hannah Hooker, Elizabeth Ratcliffe, Ruth Harris, Matthew Chambers and Caleb White between them achieved 25 A* grades, each having achieved 6 or more. Elizabeth Ratcliffe managed to combine this with performing in our highly successful school production “Joseph”. A very talented young woman!
What also needs to be highlighted is that no matter what a student’s starting point may be when they enter King Alfred’s, significant progress can be made. Notably, Daisy Patto, Edward Record, Caitlin Donaldson and Callum Penman are students who have achieved the highest rates of progress in their year group. This only comes with hard work and determination and they deserve our huge congratulations!
Given the Academy’s unwavering commitment to extra-curricula interests, a number of students chose to complete a Higher Project Qualification alongside their 10 GCSEs. All 9 students who attempted the qualification achieved a Grade B or above, with Ella Newbould and Chloe Aston notably achieving an A.
Headteacher, Jo Halliday, commented, “All this success has been achieved during a time of huge transition at King Alfred’s Academy, great turbulence in the education system and a year of personal challenge for many students and staff. They are a credit to the school and the community. This time next summer we will finally be a two site school, both upgraded, and with brand new facilities. We are very excited about the significant benefits that this will bring to our students, and also our staff.”
Number of pupils: 294
Attainment 8: 45.3%
% 9-4 in English and maths: 61.2%
% 9-4 in English: 73.5%
% 9-4 in Mathematics: 68%
% achieving English baccalaureate: 29.3%