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 2016
Press Release from Stover School
Stover School pupils of all abilities are celebrating after the release of A-Level results which demonstrate another year of considerable success and significant improvement in overall school performance. 97% of all A Level entries achieved A* - E grades, up from 84% in 2014, with 38% of grades at B and above.
These A-Level outcomes are a direct result of the dedication of both pupils and staff, our research based learning focus and the success centred methods the school uses to measure academic performance; consequently for the last two years all our Sixth Form pupils have gained places at universities of their choice. In the same 2 year period the school roll has increased by over 18%. The variety of facilities, specialised staff and small class approach allows pupils to receive the highest standards of pupil focused teaching which develop their understanding, and independence.
Particular congratulations go to Amy Adams, who achieved two A*s and two A grades and has secured a place at Bristol University to read Law. Katie Tradelius achieved grades of A* A A B and will be reading Law at Warwick University. Charlotte Nadeau has accepted a place at Edinburgh University with grades A* A B and former Head Boy, Harry Eastley-Jones achieved three A grades and a B grade and has also secured a place at Bristol University. Also of note, Tom Chan achieved 5 grades of value added over and above his externally predicted A Level grades and will be reading Mechanical Engineering as a result.
Richard Notman, Headmaster of Stover School, said: “The real satisfaction in these results is seeing how our broad Sixth Form programme allows young people with a variety of abilities to achieve and follow their dreams. Whether heading off to a Russell Group university or taking a place in vocational training, our pupils add value to their expected outcomes and I am delighted to be giving them such good news.”
School is about helping to prepare young people for life. While good academic grades are a very important part of this, the ability to communicate effectively, to empathise with others and the confidence to believe you can achieve anything you want to are just as important. At Stover School our holistic curriculum creates strong personal development which drives success in achieving placements at university, college or in the workplace. I would like to congratulate all pupils and staff.’
Stover School offers excellent value for money with strong academic outputs alongside significant extra-curricular opportunities, all set amongst the beautiful campus set in the foothills of Dartmoor’s National Park. The school has seen a dramatic change over the last few years with a new Headteacher, Mr Richard Notman. Whole school numbers have risen dramatically over this period and the school has introduced a very successful Research Based Learning programme which defines an approach in which teachers encourage pupils to question and discover. By nature this philosophy has at its heart, a hands on approach. The focus is therefore, more practical, involving problem solving, discovering, experimentation and research. For more information or to arrange a personal visit, please contact the Admissions Registrar via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01626 354505.
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.