The new national standards at GCSE have met their match in the hard work and dedication of students and staff at All Hallows Catholic College.
Despite the national reforms to GCSE which have included the ending of course work, greater subject content, and more learning for terminal examinations, All Hallows students have achieved exceptional results in the Class of 2017. More than two thirds of the students achieved five or more GCSE ‘standard’ passes (A*-G / 9-1) including English and Mathematics, and students of all abilities have made good progress dependent on their aptitudes and starting points. 91% of students achieved a standard pass or above in English and 75% achieved the same in Mathematics. These results mean that there will be a very high rate of progression to further study for students of all abilities including Advanced level studies in the Sixth Form.
Head of Year, David Aspinall said ‘It’s been an anxious wait for students, teachers and parents this year, following the reforms to GCSE, but we are absolutely delighted that our students have done so well.’
The highest performing female student was Chen Ji with 12 subjects in total, 7A*GCSE, three grade 9 GCSE’s – and an AS (Grade A) in Mandarin and a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ). Chen was closely followed by Natasha Harper who achieved 7A* and 1 Grade 9. The highest performing male student was Stephen Hughes with 7A* and one grade 9. The total number of the new top ‘grade 9’, available only in English and mathematics, was 28 (5%) which is a great achievement in the first year of the new GCSE system. Congratulations to the following students who achieved the new grade 9, the top 2% of achievement in subjects nationally: B Brereton, A Broadhurst, B Cheung, O Crabtree, B Hadfield, N Harper, S Hughes, C Ji, T Kalnins, L Kennedy, C Langer, J Mock, S Musgrave, E Pointer, M Rigby, A Rosete, C Siedlecka, J Townley, J Westwood.
Chen Ji said ‘I love All Hallows and I’m really delighted with my results and want to thank all the staff who have supported me in so many different ways to help me achieve my goals.’ Stephen said ‘Thank you to the College for supporting me to achieve these results. It’s been a great couple of weeks with my brother Aidan also getting 4A* at A level! I’m really looking forward to studying in the Sixth Form.’
This year also saw four students taking the new Higher Project Qualification as part of a programme for higher ability students: Chen Ji, Christoph Langer, Jordan Simpson, James Westwood. All of these students achieved A*.
We are also proud of our students who have additional needs, all of whom have achieved a Level 1 qualification and many have remarkable successes at GCSE.
Executive Principal, Tony Billings said ‘We have met the challenge of change at both A Level and GCSE with excellent results. I’m delighted for everyone and especially our students and teachers who have worked so hard. I’m also delighted that so many students can progress to their next stage of learning.’