GCSE Top Performers 2015
pupils are celebrating the best set of GCSE grades achieved at the school in
recent years, with 69% of pupils gaining 5 A* to C grades including English and
Mathematics. This represents an overall increase of 17% compared with the
previous year. Indeed, 78% of entries received grades in the A* to C boundary.
Richard Notman said “in a mixed ability school such as ours, the results speak
volumes about the dedication, work ethic and care taken by both our pupils and
the staff who work with them. Across the board pupils have met and in most
cases, exceeded their expectations”.
particular note, Grace Smith achieved 1 A and 9 A* grades and Callum King 3 A
and 8 A* grades. Callum is looking forward to returning to the Sixth Form in
September to study Biology, Chemistry, French and Mathematics.
results follow hot on the heels of a 90% pass rate in the A level examinations
last week, which enabled Stover’s Sixth Form pupils to secure places at
universities including Birmingham, Cardiff, King’s College and Southampton.
A-Level Results 2015
I am delighted to report that our Upper Sixth Form
examination candidates achieved a pass rate of over 90% across all subject
entries for the summer 2015 sitting of their A2 examinations, with over 40% of
those results being A* to B grades.
Particular mention must be given to our Head Girl, Nabeelah
Afolabi, who achieved A*, A and B passes; exceeding her academic
expectation by 6 grades overall. As any good Head Girl should, she really set
the standard for her year group. Well done indeed.
Being a non-selected year group, there are a number of real
success stories, who while not achieving the top grades, far out-stripped their
personal targets. It is particularly pleasing to note that across all
subject entries, when measured against external educational predictors, our
pupils exceeded their expected results and delivered a net positive value added
position. So heartiest congratulations to all our pupils and the staff
who supported and encouraged them towards those achievements.
Mr Richard Notman
Executive Head Teacher
A Word of Caution Regarding Exam Results League Tables
Unfortunately, due to regulations under which the DfE league tables are collated, the hard work and success of our pupils is not always fully reflected.
The headline statistic used in League Tables is the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English. As a boarding school, we have a proportion of our pupils who come from overseas, for whom English is not a first language. We feel it to be in the best interests of these pupils to enter them for the ‘English as a Foreign Language’ IGCSE rather than the standard English GCSE – but results in English as a Foreign Language are not allowed to be included in the ‘5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English’ statistic. We do however have to include all our pupils in our figures – even if they have never been entered for standard GCSE English. Effectively this means that some of our GCSE pupils were never even eligible for the chosen statistic in the first place – even though their Maths results were extremely good. A better indication of performance for a school such as Stover is perhaps the average points score – although even this has its limitations.
A second issue is that at Stover, if a pupil really wants to sit a GCSE exam in any particular subject, we will support them in that. Particularly for some of our Learning Support pupils a result of a grade D in English or Maths might be a major personal achievement – highlighting some outstanding application and progress.
In Stover we take pride in always trying to do what is in the very best interests of each pupil, in terms of entering them for exams, and choosing courses of study.