Pupils at Penarth’s two state secondary schools have been receiving their GCSE results today – revealing a solid and consistent performance at Stanwell School and a record-breaking set of results at St Cyres.
At St Cyres School, its Year 11 pupils achieved what are described as “the best results the school has ever seen”.
St Cyres’s headteacher – Dr Jonathan Hicks – said the school’s GCSE Level 2 Plus pass rate had increased by 12% compared with the year before – with more pupils than ever passing Maths and English.
Dr Hicks says “This is remarkable and represents the highest figure in the school’s history” .
In a public statement today Dr Hicks said “I should like to pass on my warmest congratulations to all of our puipils and to publicly thank our tremendously committed and skilled staff for all their hard work this year” .
In the wake of last week’s successful A Level results at the school he said “These two wonderful sets of results plus our recenty best ever Key Stage 3 results , allied to our consistently high attendance figure of 95%, all show that St Cyres School is providing an excellent edication for local children .
St Cyres had been through some testing times in recent years when it was still housed in an old an inadequate building and had been issued with a ‘Formal Warning Letter’ by the local education authority – the Vale of Glamorgan Council – demanding improvements.
The school took on the challenge, initiated its own long-term turn-around scheme. Exam results began to improve and have continued to climb ever since. The school moved into its new building – on the Penarth Learning Community campus – in November 2014 .
The remarkable turn-around plan – in which introduced some new ideas picked-up in research visits to public and private schools in England – has now paid off in spades and has been so successful Dr Hicks says there is now a waiting list for next month’s Year 7 intake at the school.
Dr Hicks says “We are proud to serve the local community in our superb new building and grounds and will be endeavouring to achieve even greater syuccess in future years “
Stanwell School – already recognised as one of the top three state schools in Wales – has seen this summer’s GCSE results very much in line with those of last year.
GCSE results at Stanwell in the two key subjects of English and Maths were virtually on a par with 2015’s performance. In “Level 2 Plus” (i.e. getting 5 GCSEs including English and Maths) today saw Stanwell students receive Stanwell’s “second best ever” set of results . (Its best-ever results were last summer),
A total of 299 pupils at Stanwell sat this year’s GCSE examinations – and 90% of Stanwell’s GCSE pupils attained at least the 5 GCSEs needed to go on to the sixth form at Stanwell.
In practice, about 80% of Stanwell pupils actually do go on to the sixth form and only about 30 pupils a year leave school at this point in their education .
Assistant Head Mark Lewis said “All members of Year 11 should be congratulated for working with diligence and commitment in the lead up to their examination period and Stanwell School is certainly very proud of their achievements.”
At Stanwell the percentage of GCSE A-Star grades this year was 11% and overall more than 1160 entries were graded A-Star or A, ( 31% of all entries) . Of the 299 pupils sitting this year’s GCSEs at Stanwell 280 pupils (94%) achieved 5 or more Level 2 (A-Star to C) passes. 71% of the year group attained 10 or more Level 2 passes with 50 pupils achieving 10 A grades or better. The following 13 pupils were awarded 10 A-Star grades or more:
- Annie Higgins (12 A-Star grades & 2 A grades)
- Caitrin Jones (12 A-Star grades & 2 A grades)
- Seren Mirza-Davies (12 A-Star grades & 2 A grades)
- Henry Waddon (12 A-Star grades & 2 A grades)
- Lauren Ellis (11 A-Star grades & 3 A grades)
- Robert Brown (11 A-Star grades, 2 A grade & 1 B grade)
- Ffion Blunsdon (10 A-Star grades & 5 A grades)
- Alexander Whitfield (10 A-Star grades, 4 A grades & 1 B grade)
- Dan Anderton (10 A-Star grades & 4 A grades)
- Isabelle Hodgson (10 A-Star grades & 4 A grades)
- Max Paley (10 A-Star grades & 4 A grades)
- Phalisha Valji (10 A-Star grades & 4 A grades)
- Caitlin Duggan (10 A-Star grades & 3 A grades)
Amongst Stanwell’s highest achievers were Henry Waddon and Annie Higgins – both of whom attained 12 A-Star grades and 2 A grades. Henry will now study drama, biology, mathematics and chemistry at A level at Stanwell . Annie will study art, German and mathematics at A level.
Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Rebecca Connor,said “It is a delight to see the hard-work of the pupils and support given by parents and staff being rewarded with so many students achieving their potential and obtaining high grades”.
Year 11 Tutor, Mr Barry Crompton said “the excellent results attained by Year 11 are well deserved and it has been a pleasure working with such a committed group of young people. The Key Stage 4 pastoral team have thoroughly enjoyed working with this year group and wish them all continued success in the future.”