GCSE Top Performers 2014
Pupils from Stover School are celebrating
some wonderful GCSE successes, with 25% of all papers achieving A* or A grades. In a mixed ability school with a very
active Learning Support department this is a fantastic achievement for all
Amongst the many individual success
stories, those attaining top grades included Katie Tradelius (7 A*, 2A), Emily
Bahous (3A*, 6A), Steph Trapnell (3A*, 5A, 1B), Jake Williams (2A*, 7A, 1B),
Serim Park (2A*, 7A), Sydney Raynor (1A*, 6A, 2B) and Jamie Williams (1A*, 5A,
“It is extremely uplifting to see all the
hard work and effort on the part of pupils and teachers rewarded with such
outstanding results, and we celebrate the triumphs of those who have worked
towards and surpassed their personal goals at all levels of achievement – as
well as the tremendous results detailed above” said Acting Principal, Dr Jeremy
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.