Head Teacher's Blog GCSE Results

Welcome to my last official Blog of this academic year. We have been waiting all Summer for the GCSE exams and the results are finally in.

Before we talk results, I would just like to say a huge Thank You for all of your support in my first year. It has been exciting and I have loved every minute. I feel privileged to be part of the journey that The Peele is on and I will continue to work hard to achieve the very best facilities and outcomes for all of our students.

So, results - our lovely Year 11 have had a turbulent 5 years - 3 different Head Teachers, various changes to staffing and then all of the Government directed changes including the new GCSEs. I am very proud of the work they have put in, and of the huge amount of support they received from staff. So many extra sessions, lunch time, weekends, holidays and all those reassuring conversations with students and their parents are impossible to measure. Some of our students worked so hard and almost all of them have moved on to courses and apprenticeships. I always feel that our primary role is to prepare students for the next step in their lives, and give them the tools they need to move forward on their chosen paths.

This is my last Blog for this Academic year. I will be writing a pre-start-of-term blog with some information in it regarding the first day of term - remember that students start back on Tuesday 4th September. I am looking forward to the new Academic Year and all of the possibilities that it brings for us all.

Just to keep you all informed, this is the statement that I sent to the press:

The Peele Community College GCSEs 2018 Press Release

It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff that this years’ results build on the outcomes achieved last year. This is the first year of the new style of GCSEs in Science, Modern Languages, Humanities and Food Preparation and Nutrition, so the bar has been raised for all students across the country. With the new numerical grades (9-1), and removal of coursework, Year 11 students have faced a tougher set of GCSEs than before.

Four students have achieved 10 higher level GCSE passes – Liam Braithwaite, Nathan Cropley, Ruby Hamilton and Alice Lenton. A further nine have achieved 9 passes at these higher grades – Shannon Almey, Jay Bunn, James Cox, Charlotte Drew, Daniel Kimber, Amy Palmer, Holly Taylor-Hart, Kirsty Wattam and Darcy Webb.

Some students worked particularly hard during their time at The Peele Community College and have done so much better than was predicted – these include Kayleigh Britton, Megija Zvaigzne, Jay Bunn, Joice Correia and Charlie Rosendale.

Our 5A*-C equivalent scores are 42% and overall progress is above the Government ‘Floor’ target. These results showing positive progress for the majority, and an improvement overall for the year group. We are delighted that so many students have achieved the grades that they need to take the next step in their chosen paths, with the majority moving on to college or starting apprenticeships.

Subjects that have done particularly well include Statistics, French, Maths and Biology. The majority of subjects have shown an improvement on the grades produced last year and we will be working hard to improve these still further for students at The Peele.

Special congratulations go to 5 year 9 and 10 students who took their Modern Language exams early this year and achieved A or A* - these are Wiktoria Dzwonkowska, Fabienne Kauw and Linda Brijs (all A*) and Ana Ferreira and Julia Trzeciak (A Grades).

We wish all of our year 11 leavers every success in their futures.