Pupils at West Buckland School have delivered an excellent set of provisional GCSE results. The 2017 results featured newly reformed and more rigorous GCSE examinations, with English Language, English Literature and mathematics marked on a new numerical grading scale of 9-1, with the highest entries awarded a 9. A key aspect of the new grading system are the two levels of passes that have been introduced by the Department for Education, with a "standard pass" at grade 4 and a "strong pass" at grade 5.
In the core English and mathematics subjects, an impressive 88.1% of West Buckland pupils achieved a strong pass of 5 or higher. Results in mathematics were excellent, with over 65% of pupils achieving the top 9-7 grades (equivalent to A*/A).
In the subjects marked on the conventional A* to G scale, 60.3% of exams were awarded the top A* and A grades, 85.6% of entries were passed at A* to B with an overall pass rate at A* to C of 95.2%.
There were some notable individual achievements, including Ayaka Watanabe who secured five A* grades, two A grades plus 8, 7 and 8 in the English and maths subjects. Kian Hayles-Cotton also achieved five A*s, two As and 6, 7, 8 whilst Patrick Colville, Tom Dewhurst, John Skinner and Timothy Peng each achieved the top 9 grade in mathematics and between them secured a string of top A* and A grades.
West Buckland Headmaster Phillip Stapleton says: “GCSEs are a crucial qualification and I am delighted such a large proportion of our Year 11s secured strong passes in English and maths. Our teachers have worked hard to understand the new specifications and these results will stand our pupils in good stead for the next stage of their education, giving them a wide array of options and opportunities to apply to the best universities.
“It is also pleasing to see so many students receiving excellent grades in subjects across the curriculum. There have been some wonderful performances with over 80% of grades in Art marked at A* or A; in Chemistry and Physics over 90% scored A*-B and in Music and History 100% of our students gained a B grade or higher.
“These truly excellent results are a testament to our pupils’ hard work and of course the support of families and teachers. We work hard to provide an education that prepares young people to be curious. Our small class sizes and nurturing environment gives a personalised education that enables them to achieve to the best of their ability.
“The Year 11s are to be congratulated: I am pleased for all those who have realised or achieved beyond their expectations.”