The much publicised ‘volatility’ in GCSE examination results has not had a significant impact at Shelley College, with most pupils performing in line with predictions in most subjects.
Pass rates at grade C or above for English and maths were very similar to last year at 74% and 75%.
However, science results improved significantly to 86%.
The school said that the government policy of using a student’s first result in an exam for the performance tables will result in a drop of about 3% in some of the headline figures published around December.
On a positive note, the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate increased significantly to 37%.
In the subjects that performed below expectations, the common theme seems to be much harsher marking of course work and the college will be investigating the reasons with the examination boards.
A large number of pupils achieved a high proportion of A and A* grades with the stand-out performances coming from Kitty Byrne and Annabel Dodd, who both achieved 10 A* grades each.
Headteacher John McNally said: “Congratulations to the pupils on these results. They have worked really hard and have had to contend with significant national changes at the same time.
“It is well known that the GCSE examinations have become more challenging, but what is frustrating is the manner in which some changes have been introduced half-way through a course, or changes to marking and grade boundaries have been implemented after the examination has been taken.
“In this context, I think our students and staff have done really well to maintain our results in line with last year’s performance.”