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Collingwood Students Step up to the Challenge of New GCSEs!

Collingwood students were celebrating record results today, despite the introduction of the new tougher GCSE exams in Maths and English.  76% of the Year 11 students achieved at least 5 good GCSE passes including the new English and Maths.  This is 3% higher than the previous best set in 2015.  

Karen Griffiths and Eden Tanner, Co-Principals of the College said,

'We want to congratulate all our students for their amazing results!  This Year Group were always determined that they would work hard to achieve their best in the new tougher examinations and so we were delighted to see the overall results, and even more pleased with the number of top grades secured.  After media scare stories, we were worried that there would be very few students achieving the new grade 9.  At Collingwood, there were 23 students with a grade 9 in Maths, 18 students with a grade 9 in English Language and 16 students with a grade 9 in English Literature.

Collingwood results continue to rise and we know this is due to the hard work and commitment shown by young people who value their education.  These results could not be achieved without the dedication from our outstanding staff and the exceptional support from parents.  Today is a day of celebration for everyone!’ 

Millie Brown, Becky Storer and Kostas Kalabokas were exceptional in passing all three of the new subjects with a grade 9.

This year there were 44 students who achieved the equivalent of 10 or more top grades (A*/A, Distinction*/Distinction or 7+) which is up from 38 in 2016. 

1 student achieved 14 top grades, 9 students achieved at least 13 top grades and 11 students achieved 12 top grades.

Records fell in many areas:

  • 76% of students achieved 5 good passes (A*-C/4+) including English and Maths (previous best 73% in 2015)
  • 77% of students achieved good or standard passes (4+) in English and Maths (previous best 73% in 2015)
  • 33% of all grades were at A*/A or 7+ (previous best 31.5% in 2016)
  • 82% of students achieved good passes (4+) in Maths (previous best 80% in 2006)
  • 86% of students achieved good passes (4+) in English (previous best 85%)
  • 29% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A*/A or 7+ (previous best 27% in 2016)

There were many outstanding departmental performances this year and we want to highlight those that achieved more than a 90% good pass rate: Art & Design (Applied), Catering, Electronics, Food Technology, Drama, Higher Project, Music, ECDL Certificate in IT, LAMDA and BTEC Music.

Those achieving over 80% good pass rate were: Art & Design, Biology, Computer Science, Textiles, French, Geography, Media Studies, Physics, Sociology, English Literature, Maths and Creative iMedia.

This is an excellent end to a very successful year.  Following our very successful Ofsted visit in January, outstanding Post-16 results and these excellent GCSE results we can all look back on 2016/17 with considerable pride.  We look forward to 2017/18!’

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