Collingwood Celebrates Record GCSE Results
Collingwood students achieved record results in this year's GCSE examinations with almost 81% achieving 5 or more higher grade passes - beating the previous record by some 7 points.
Collingwood students achieved record results in this year's GCSE examinations with almost 81% achieving 5 or more higher grade passes - beating the previous record by some 7 points. Students also set a new record for the higher grade pass rate with just over 77% of all passes being graded between A*-C. Collingwood's Principal, Jerry Oddie said, " We are absolutely thrilled with the performance of students and staff this year. These results are an excellent reward for a great deal of hard work, a lot of which has been focussed on improving outcomes for students, who are not necessarily at the top of the ability range. We are now seeing the fruits of our early entry policy and the curricular changes which we made some years ago, for which we were commended by OFSTED in our last inspection when the quality of the curriculum was judged to be outstanding".
Commenting on other aspects of the results, Mr Oddie said," Over the last few years we have consistently had between 60 -70% of our students achieving 5 or more higher grade passes including English and Maths and we have maintained that record this year. We continue to produce results well above national average levels of performance in the key subjects of English and Maths and we have also seen very pleasing performance in the core subjects of Science and Technology, which are key elements bearing in mind our status as a Technology College. At the same time 63% of our students will leave Year 11 equipped with the full European Computer Driving Licence, an industry standard qualification, much sought after by employers". 24.9% of all GCSE entries were graded at A*/A.
Speaking about the College's post-16 performance Mr Oddie said, " Again, the watchword is consistency. Every year between 50-60% of all our entries achieve the top grades and 2011 has been no exception with 53% of entries being graded A*-B." Another new record was set by students in terms of the College's overall pass rate which was 99.9%. On this latter point, Mr Oddie said, "The overall pass rate is a very important indicator for us, because it is very disappointing when a student fails to receive a grade at the end of 2 years of study. However, the 2011 figure underlines the fact that, as a general rule, students gaining entry to our Sixth Form can be almost certain of obtaining a grade, provided, of course, that they play their part and work hard".
81% of Collingwood's students achieved an A*-C grade and the vast majority of students have been able to move on to a place at university.