Congratulations to all our GCSE candidates! 88% of pupils gained 5 or more A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics. The results maintain our position as one of the top non academically selective schools in Essex at GCSE and will likely place the school in the top 15 of 119 schools in Essex. The national average this year was 68% based on the same criteria. Well done to all!
Although the score based on this criteria has dropped slightly against last year’s 96%, James Benmore, Gosfield’s Assessment Co-ordinator, explains the reasons for this:
“It is clear that Michael Gove's determination to drive up standards and reverse the so-called 'dumbing down' of exams is in full effect. As a school we are riding the storm extremely well.
Initial analysis shows that the new 'toughened up' Geography exam has affected performance.
It is also clear that written coursework has again been a target with these modules suffering when compared to the exam performance for individuals which clearly indicates the pressure being applied to exam boards regarding the rigour of such component parts of exams. This is also the case with Statistics, with all students achieving at least one grade below in coursework than in their exam unit for this subject. The effect on other subjects’ results will be analysed in due course.
There are clearly issues, as we expected from press releases, concerning English Language, with many students doing worse in June than they did in November, but thankfully having their previous grades to fall back on. This is ultimately what has led to our figure of 88% as 4 students were left without a C in English; only one Year 11 student did not achieve a C in Mathematics.
There is plenty to celebrate with performance in certain subjects outstanding: Art, Food Tech and French did particularly well with no students achieving below their target. Performance in Maths and both Business Studies subjects is also very pleasing”.
Congratulations to all our A2 and AS Students who got their results today. 100% pass rate at A2 for the third year running including an A* outcome and an 82% pass rate at AS. Our largest Year 12 cohort of 19 students sat a total of 63 AS exams and can be very proud of their achievements. Principal, Dr Welch commented: “Congratulations to all our students who are a credit to the school. We’re confident that with further hard work, our current AS students will fare even better at A2 next year. This is certainly a very exciting time to be teaching and learning in the 6th Form at Gosfield!”
We are all celebrating following the recent publication of the annual DfE performance tables. In last summer’s GCSE examinations Gosfield was the 2nd highest performing independent school in Essex, with 96% of candidates achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including Maths and English. Overall, Gosfield School was ranked 6th in Essex, with the first four schools being grammar schools. As a non-selective school, our results were remarkable and testament to the excellent work of our students and teachers.
The performance tables can be found online here.
For the third year running, Gosfield is celebrating a 100% pass rate at A2. Dr Sarah Welch, Principal, said, ‘We are delighted that our small cohort of Sixth Form leavers have secured the results they deserve and wish them every success for the future.’
Gosfield School GCSE results 2012:
|5+ A* - C||94%|
|5+ A* - C inc Maths and English||69%|
|5+ A* - C inc Maths||100%|
'I am delighted that our GCSE candidates have again achieved such impressive results across the wide range of subjects they have been studying. Their hard work has certainly paid off! I congratulate them all and thank the teachers who have helped them to gain the qualifications that will open doors for them in the future.' Dr Sarah Welch, Principal
The most successful candidates, all gaining 11 GCSEs including five or more A*/A grades, were Drew McConville, Poppy Etherden and Tom McHale. Tom is looking forward to starting his A Level course of study in the Sixth Form at Gosfield from September.