Principal Hails Top School Performance at GCSE
Collingwood Principal, Jerry Oddie has congratulated staff and students on the College’s 2012 GCSE results, which were the best of the three Camberley secondary schools for the first time since his appointment in 1996.
Collingwood Principal, Jerry Oddie has congratulated staff and students on the College’s 2012 GCSE results, which were the best of the three Camberley secondary schools for the first time since his appointment in 1996. Mr Oddie said, “At a time when many Surrey schools have reported a marked decline in their results, Collingwood’s percentage of students achieving the key benchmark of 5+ A*- C grades including English and Maths increased by more than 4% to just under 64%, making us the best performing school at GCSE in Camberley. Given that Collingwood has a genuine comprehensive school intake, this is an excellent achievement and one which has given our collective morale a major boost as we prepare for the start of the new academic year.”
The overall higher grade (A*-C) pass rate for the College was 76.8% which compares very favourably with the national average of 69.4%. Three new records were set:
1. The 5 A*-C pass rate was 80.7%;
2. Some 80% of students achieved two higher grade passes in Science;
3. The average total points per student reached 500 for the first time.
Reflecting on the results Mr Oddie said, “We are very pleased that four out of every five Collingwood students achieved 5 or more higher grade passes, as this is the benchmark for entry to further education post-16. It means that the vast majority of our students now have choices about their future career direction. I am also delighted with our excellent Science results, which reflect great credit on the staff responsible for teaching these groups.
Mr Oddie was also very pleased with the performance of the core subjects of English and Mathematics, both of which had a 72.4% higher grade pass rate, exceeding the national averages for these subjects by 8.2% and 14% respectively. He said, “I stated last year that I was confident that the small drop in our Maths results was a ‘blip’ and I am delighted that the Maths team has proved me right. Also, given that many schools have seen their English results drop significantly this year, my team can be well pleased that they have maintained the excellent performance they achieved in 2011.”