The Helena Romanes School in Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow, saw 68 per cent of students achieve a standard pass in English and Maths.
Star students this year include:
- Holly Grenville, 16, from Great Dunmow, achieved 3 Grade 9’s in Maths, English Language and English Literature; 6 A*’s in French, Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography and an A in Physical Education
- Rowan Knight, 16, from Great Dunmow, achieved 2 Grade 9’s in Maths and English Literature; a Grade 8 in English Language and 7 A*’s in French, History, Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Product Design
- Joanna Holland, 16, from Bannister Green, Felsted, achieved 2 Grade 9’s in Maths and English Literature; a Grade 8 in English Language; 5 A*’s in Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography and 2 A’s in Spanish and Music
- Gus Barry, 16, from Duton Hill, achieved a Grade 9 in Maths; 2 Grade 8’s in English Language and English Literature; 7 A*’s in Drama, French, History, Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Joshua Smith, 16, from Great Dunmow, achieved a Grade 9 in Maths; Grade 8 in English Literature; Grade 7 in English Language; 4 A*’s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Education and 3 A’s in Spanish, Geography and Computing
English results showed a significant improvement, with 85 per cent of students achieving a grade 4 – 9. In Maths the grade 4 – 9 figure is 70%.
The Maths and English GCSEs were new exams with different content and exam paper styles. The new 9-1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A*-G grades. This dramatic break from what has gone before means that any comparison of this year’s GCSE Maths and English scores with previous years is meaningless. The headline figures incorporating Maths and English grades that schools have quoted in the past consequently cannot be used again.
The 9-1 grades that students have achieved in Maths and English and the A*-G grades for their other subjects will be used by the Department of Education to calculate Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures for all schools. These will be available sometime in the Autumn term.
Simon Knight, Headteacher, said “This has been a very difficult year for students and staff having to cope with new GCSE’s in English and Maths. I would like to congratulate our students and staff on these outstanding results. There were also some excellent results in other subjects with six subjects achieving 100 per cent A* – C and six more achieving 90+ per cent A* – C.
“Our continued high performance means that more and more of our students are achieving the highest levels of attainment and we look forward to these students returning to our Sixth Form next year to start their A Level’s with us.”