GCSE Results 2018

Students of the The Park Community School gathered in school today to collect their GCSE exam results.  The results were the culmination of 5 years’ hard work by students supported by teachers, staff and parents.

Headteacher Gareth Roscoe commented: “Similar to previous years, it is really pleasing to see the progress that students and the school have made.  70% of students passed GCSE English with a good grade, this figure was repeated in GCSE Mathematics, furthermore over 11% of our students gained the very top grade in either English or Maths.  In Science, over 25% of students scored the top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is also really pleasing that the hard work put in by students and staff has been recognised in History, Geography, Modern Languages and Computer Science, subjects that make up the Ebacc, more students have achieved a ‘Strong Pass’ of grade 5 or above than ever before.”

Aimee Mills, Progress Leader for Year 11 said: “I am really proud of the Park students collecting their results today.  They have adapted really well to the demands of the new GCSE courses and the additional examinations they had to sit during a very warm May and June. It is encouraging to note the successes with the highest grades, but equally pleasing are the number of students who have completed new vocational qualifications in Construction, ICT, Child Care and Travel & Tourism.  Our ethos at Park is to provide the best opportunities for all students; this year’s results are from 40 different subject areas and qualifications.”

This year the majority of GCSE exams have changed following the introduction of the new 9-1 assessed exams in GCSE English and Maths in 2017.  As a reminder,  the grading scale of 9 to 1 is used with 9 being the top grade. The government are clear that fewer students should achieve the top grade 9 than the previous A* grade.  This allows greater differentiation between students and will help distinguish the new GCSEs from previous versions. Assessment is mainly by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills. This year students have been examined on new, more demanding content.

Craig Tamlyn, Deputy Headteacher added: “Whilst, due to the new exam framework bringing increased demands on students, it is fantastic that ten students: Molly, Kiara, Joanne, Sam, Ethan, Elise, Lucy, Tom, Maya and Charlotte all gained eight or more 9, 8 or A* grades. Furthermore, one in three students achieved the equivalent of a grade 7 or above.”

The Headteacher added: “The school congratulates all students and wishes them well as they embark on the next stage of their life.  We look forward to seeing them again at our GCSE celebration event in November when they will be presented with their GCSE certificates”.