Year 11 pupils were today celebrating after receiving excellent results in their GCSE and BTEC courses. Over 78% of John Taylor pupils gained A* – C grades at GCSE in English and in GCSE Maths, with 71% of students achieving A*-C in both. This represents a continuation of the school’s high performance, with progress – an increasingly important measure of performance for all schools – remaining very strong, showing John Taylor adding significant value to students – boys and girls, and of differing abilities.
The average grade achieved by all students this year was B- and the initial Progress 8 measure is 0.41 (with 0 being the national average, and -0.5 being the ‘floor’ target) although this is subject to change as it relies on this year’s national figures.
Many pupils gained outstanding results. Particularly noteworthy in this context are Nathan De Giorgi, Calum Hutchison and Jessica Robb achieving 11 A*/A grades and Lucy Barlow, Jason Dierker, Caitlin Drew, Evie Gray, Rebecca Hand, Joshua Harper, Lauren Harrington, Ben Hodson-Walker, Alexandra Holmes, Ryan Knight, Peter Marples and Jack Simpson achieving 10 A*/A grades.
A further seven students gained 9 As and A*s, and fourteen more with 8 As and A*s. Students at the school achieved 655 A* or A grades. This means that 31% of GCSE grades were at A or A*.
English Baccalaureate results were strong once again with 44% of students achieving this measure.
At BTEC, there were similar successes, with 24% *Distinctions being achieved. Some 17% of the year group achieved 8As and A*s or equivalent. However, across all abilities, students performed extremely well, with four fifths of students achieving five of more GCSEs at grades A*-C.
“We are delighted with our results”, commented Principal, Mike Donoghue. “It is brilliant that the school continues as a high performing school, amongst the very best in the region. This is based on the simple but effective formula of high quality courses, taught well by expert staff, to hard-working students supported effectively by their families and our community.
Everyone involved in their success deserves much credit, but the main plaudits must go to our fantastic young people, rightly referred to by Ofsted as “outstanding”. With impressive school results measured by EBacc and Progress 8, students continually demonstrate their ability to achieve high standards across the curriculum. They have also been a credit to themselves, their families, and the school for the contributions they have made to John Taylor outside the classroom, reinforcing our mission to educate the whole child.
This all bodes well for our young people as they move on to the next stages of their education. We will – as usual – be welcoming the majority of them back into our Sixth Form – which itself saw amazing results last week. But whether they remain with us or not, I have every confidence that they will continue to thrive both academically and personally. We wish each and every one of them further success.”