“RECORD-BREAKING” RESULTS AT ST CYRES & SOLID PERFORMANCE AT STANWELL

 St Cyres headteacher Dr Jonathan Hicks (right) with some of St Cyres top-GCSE students:- Ben Thomas, Rebecca West, Megan Kupa, Mia Jenkins-Welch Molly Owen-Ffoulkes


St Cyres headteacher Dr Jonathan Hicks (right) with some of St Cyres’s top GCSE students:- Ben Thomas, Rebecca West, Megan Kupa, Mia Jenkins-Welch and Molly Owen-Ffoulkes

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.

ST CYRES

At St Cyres School, its Year 11 pupils achieved what are described as “the best results the school has ever seen”.

Dr Jonathan Hicks - headteacher at St Cyres School, Penarth

Dr Jonathan Hicks – headteacher at St Cyres School, Penarth

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 .

Most of this group of St Cyres pupils are to go to the sixth form to take A Levels

Most of this group of St Cyres pupils are to go to the sixth form to take A Levels

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 .

For all the students at St Cyres. today was a day which will affect the rest of their lives

For all the students at St Cyres, today was a day which will affect the rest of their lives

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:

A group of top-performing GCSE pupils at Stanwell School today

A group of top-performing Stanwell School GCSE pupils including Ben, Max, Dan, Alicia, Phalisha, Emily, Catherine, Robert, Annie and Mike today in the hall where they received their examination results

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),

Stanwell students Poppy, Carmella, Julia, Catherine, Emily and Cora were delighted with their results

Stanwell students Poppy, Carmella, Julia, Catherine, Emily and Cora were delighted with their results

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 .

Megan, Sophie, Caitlin and Tamasin will all be going up to the Sixth Form at Stanwell

Megan, Sophie, Caitrin and Tamasin will all be going up to the Sixth Form at Stanwell

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)
Mathematicians Annie Higgins and Henry Waddon received their excellent GCSE scores today

Mathematicians Annie Higgins and Henry Waddon received their excellent GCSE scores today

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.

Three friends Beccy, Gemma and Isabel had nervously waited outside until they could all go in together to get their results. All of them did well

Three friends Beccy, Gemma and Isabel had nervously waited outside until they could all go in together to get their results. All of them did well

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Responses to “RECORD-BREAKING” RESULTS AT ST CYRES & SOLID PERFORMANCE AT STANWELL

  1. Its quite sad how the welsh media is trying to put a negative spin on this considering last year they were going crazy because welsh kids had lower pass rate than England.
    They should be rejoicing at this.

  2. Mike says:

    Is it ever anything other than ‘record-breaking’ or A stars all round? I remember when an A meant something.

    • Alistair says:

      Correct…there was a time when a grade A at O-level and A-level was as scarce as ice in the Sahara, and the grade genuinely meant something.

  3. sjleworthy says:

    I never remember this kind of elation when i passed mine. It’s like winning a gold medal or something.

    • 249ers says:

      Years ago, a child’s future path was decided at a much younger age when they passed or failed the 11+. By the time it came to take O and A levels most children had left school and were working, there were plenty of jobs to go round and now the competition to progress to higher education was not so great.
      Those exams were hard work then and they’re hard work now so congratulations all round to students, teachers and parents, who all played their part in shaping the future of these young people.

    • pompousfruit says:

      I remember when exam results arrived in the post and you didn’t have to go to the school to collect them. I can’t remember having that opportunity and if I did then I didn’t want to take advantage of it as that was the last I wanted to see of my classmates apart from a few select friends. Plus you didn’t get the cameras in schools but the odd student who had done well despite the odds would be in the local newspaper but only if their parents had contacted the press.

    • Paul says:

      Exactly, don’t believe the hype…

  4. Frank Evans says:

    Maybe they need new grades A** and A*** better just moderate the results. No more than 10% get grade A otherwise it’s pointless.

  5. Lindsay says:

    Don’t let the miseryguts ruin this good news story. Congratulations all round.

    • pompousfruit says:

      Maybe because TV viewers are sick and tired of seeing the same old scenes on both national and regional news the same day every August when the A-Level results come out and then a week later when GCSE results come out. It’s usually the same pretty blonde girls get grade A results who are shown until viewers complain and now boys, Asian girls and overweight girls are being shown opening their envelopes. I bet footage of anybody opening their envelopes and getting mostly C grades is edited out.

      • Harry says:

        I agree with you but do you think anyone gets C grades these days? They seem to be giving out A stars in cereal packets.

      • Lindsay says:

        If my post about miseryguts needed any amplification, this just provided it. In addition it manages to be insulting on several levels

      • pompousfruit says:

        These are private moments and don’t need the intrusion of TV cameras. So I’m not being a misery guts. I’d rather that exam results were sent out in the post not collected from the school.

      • pompousfruit says:

        I think some get C grades and even E grades but we don’t hear about it as there is such shame attached to those grades. I agree with you about the A grades. They are equivalent to the old C grades.

      • Lloyd says:

        This is an absolute scream and spot on. Can we have more posts from pompous fruit please?

    • Richard says:

      On the contrary, Lindsay, it’s refreshing to hear a few home truths instead of the relentless con that is (‘higher’) education today, and which goes something like this. Dole out the grades, and get them to ‘ooni-ver-sitee’ (and hence off the unemployment statistics). What’s wrong is building kids up to believe they will rule the earth with their ‘A stars’ when likely the best they can hope for is living at home with their parents, working in a call centre and driving around in a Mini Cooper on hire purchase thinking they’re it.

  6. Kath says:

    Fourth photo down, you’ve missed out Phalisha from the list of students who excelled with their results. As she worked as hard as everyone else, it would be polite to include her please.

    • newsnet says:

      When the names of those in the photograph were checked with the students in the noisy results hall it would appear that the name “Phalisha” was inadvertently mis-heard and noted down as “Alicia”. Sorry about that. Phalisha’s name was included in the list provided later than day by the school . Nobody was being impolite to anyone.

  7. Sick of the same old politicians says:

    Why does the St Cyres Headteacher always feel the need to be included in any photos? He didn’t do the studying!

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