LiveGCSE results day across Dorset and the New Forest

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Cllr Toni Coombs, Cabinet member for education at Dorset County Council, said: "Well done to all those who are celebrating their GCSE results in Dorset today . The full picture is still emerging, but we are hearing about some excellent sets of results from around the county, despite changes to the exam system. This is a testament to the dedication of both students and teaching staff in Dorset schools, and I'd like to congratulate them on their success."

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We've uploaded all our pictures from today to a gallery. You can view them by school by visiting bournemouthecho.co.uk/gcse

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St. Aldhelm’s Academy failed to reach the government floor stand of 40% of students gaining five A*-C grades including English and Maths. 

Tony Moore, Chair of Governors, said: ‘I am pleased that the supporting measures have shown an increase but clearly the headline figure needs to exceed the government benchmark. It has been a challenging year for all students and staff at the Academy. Much of this has been reported in the local press, but I am hopeful that with the revised Senior Leadership team, a middle management restructure and the prospect of new sponsors to be announced soon, the Academy will continue to improve.’   

 

 

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At The Grange School, 43% of students gained five A*-C grades including English and Maths. 

Headteacher Steve Dossett  said:  “The school has seen an 8% increase in our already high maths A*-C pass rate and a further 2% rise in our English A*-C pass. Science has made a notable increase in A*-C passes with 86% of students attaining this. In addition to this we have improved GCSE pass rates with majority of all our other subjects. "

Several students achieved a significant level of A*/A grades, including Jack Axford who has 11.

 

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We've heard at St Peter's School that 66% of students achieved the national benchmark standard

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Provisional results show that 60% of Avobourne College students have achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and Maths; with an overall 73% achieving A* to Cs.

Harewood College has seen the number of boys gaining at least five A* to C, including English and Maths rise by 3% on last year.

Among the individual success stories were Harewood’s Bertie Deakin who scored two A*s and four As.

Avonbourne College’s Natalia Bonal-Romero achieved one A* and four As. She said: “I’m very, very happy with my results and now means I can go on to study for A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and PE.”

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, executive headteacher of Avonbourne Trust, said: “I am delighted at all the hard work and dedication of all our students and I’d like to congratulate them all.

“Our GCSE results follow on from our first ever set of A-level results and it’s been a good year for the Trust.”

 

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Here's a video from Winton and Glenmoor Academies a little earlier on: 

 

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At Ringwood School, 70% of students secured 5 A*- C including English and Maths.

In core subjects, Maths posted an 84% A*-C pass rate and English Language secured 79%.

56 students achieved 5 or more A*-A grades.

The top 11 students who achieved 10 or more A*-A grades included: Samuel Whittingham, Lucy Waterman, Callum Salisbury, Bryher Rose, Maxwell Grant-Walker, Robert Fisher, Matthew Fenwick, Matthew Davies, Rebecca Darcy, Olivia Cornwell and Rebecca Andrews.

Students studying vocational subjects achieved a 100% success rate.  

Headteacher Christina Edwards said: "My congratulations go to all the students who have worked so hard over the past two years to achieve these excellent results. My thanks also go to the staff for their dedication and commitment in helping every student to achieve success and to our parents for their continuing support."

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At Poole Grammar, 47% of all grades were A or A* while 94.2 per cent achieved five A*-C grades including English and Maths. 

31 students got at least 10 A* or A grades

73 per cent A*or A

In French, 80 per cent achieved A* or A

In Graphics, 67 per cent achieved A* or A

Drama and Art both got 100 per cent A*- C

Headteacher of Poole Grammar, Mr Andy Baker, said: “There’s been a lot in the run up to these exams about volatility and we have seen some of that. However, almost all our students have got what they need to do the subjects that they want. I’d also say that this year in science the students have done the IGCSE qualification which is much more rigorous than the GCSE and we’ve done that because so many of our boys go on to do A level and we feel that is the right qualification for them, but it is tougher. I’m really proud of the students for their hard work and I’m proud of my colleagues for the painstaking work they have done.”

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At Parkstone Grammar,  65.1% of all grades were at A*-A and 88.5% of grades at A*-B, while 49 students achieved grades A* or A in all their GCSE subjects.

Outstanding students included Phoebe Bendall, Jemima Bennett, Lilian Hartman, Shangavie Longanathan, Emily Rigler-Gillingham and Francesca Wilson achieved A* grades in all of their GCSEs.

Headteacher Tracy Harris said: “We are delighted for all our students who have worked very hard and well deserve these fantastic results. The girls combine academic success with great commitment to extra-curricular activities and contributions to the school. They are a real inspiration and a credit to themselves and their families. Students and staff should be very proud of these excellent results!”

“In a year when GCSE results nationally are predicted to fall, I am delighted that Parkstone has maintained its excellent GCSE performance and continues to provide outstanding education for girls in Poole and the surrounding areas.”

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Twynham School is celebrating their best ever GCSE results today.

92% of the students gained A*-C in English and 77% gained A*-C in mathematics meaning that almost 70% of the students gained five or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics.

Headteacher Dr Terry Fish said: “We are very pleased with the results for all our students we are particularly pleased with the results of our most able students. A stunning 29 students gained at least eight A*/A grades – an amazing achievement.

"Congratulations to: Lauren Bailey, Daniel Bell, Jodie Boakes, Sallyanne Caswell, Jackson Crabtree, Stuart Dunsden, Millie Fry, Sophie Heath, Chapman Ho, Maisie Hopkins, Ruby Johnson, Lauren Lett, Charles Longman, Jessie Lutwyche, Georgia Miller, Ryan Mitchell, Harry Nye, Alice Parfett, Ellen Pearce, Niall Pearce, Daniel Riggs, Gil Rubin, Jack Simpkins, Wilf Skinner, Zeke Skinner, James Stephenson, Thomas Warrington, Adam West, and Jack Winship."

 

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Bournemouth Collegiate School has seen an increase on year in the 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths, up to 79%.

It has been a record year for Art and Design, Design Technology and Modern Foreign Languages. 70 % of grades in Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Latin are offered at BCS) were A* - B, with almost 60% at A and A*. 92% of grades in Art and Design were A*-B; 83% of grades in Design Technology A*- B and 50 % of Further Mathematics grades were A* and A.

Some of the top performers included: Benjamen Laybourne 9 A * and A and 2 B
Ciara Lindsay 7 A * and A and 2 B Holly Roberts 7 A* and A and 3 B Benjamin Battey 7 A* and A, 1 B and 1 C William Aitchison 5 A* and A and 5 B Charlotte Saville 8 A * and A grades, 1 B and 1 C (taken a year young)

Pupils who took just one year to complete GCSEs include:

Emma Yang achieved an A* distinction in Mathematics (99%), A*Further Mathematics (99%), A* Chemistry, A*, Physics, A* Chinese, B Enterprise and B English as a Second Language.

James Steevens, 5 A* and As, 2 Bs and 3 Cs

Timo Schnabl gained an A* in German, A* Further Mathematics, C Geography, C Chemistry, B Physics and B English as a Second Language
 

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Over 16% of the year 11 students at St Peter's achieved five or more A* and A grades, 22 students received 8 or more and eight students achieved ten or more A* and A grades.

 

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At the Arnewood School in New Milton,10 of its students scored almost one hundred As between them.

Overall the school saw 65% of its students achieve at least five A* - C including English and Mathematics.

Among the many success stories were these top 10 straight A students:

  • Tegan Gears who achieved 10 A* grades
  • Lee Bonham  who achieved 10 A grades
  • Isabel Campbell who achieved three A*s and six As
  • Taylor de Caux – two A*s and seven As
  • Catherine Gleave – four A*s and six As
  • Reuben Mitchell two A*s and seven As
  • Stephanie Primmer three A*s and seven  As
  • Rachel Robinson seven A*s and four As
  • Callum Thompson –eight A* and two As
  • James Washak – three A*s and six As

Headteacher Chris Hummerstone said: “We are determined to celebrate every student's achievement, because every student in the year has enjoyed some success. They, and all those who have supported them, deserve our congratulation.

 

 

 

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Christina Edwards, Headteacher at Ringwood School has just sent this: 

Year 11 students have secured the best ever results for the school. Students have matched and in many cases exceeded our expectations. We take great pride in being a true comprehensive school and I am delighted with the success of every single student.

70% of students secured 5 A*- C including English and Maths. In core subjects, Maths posted an 84% A*-C pass rate (National Average 63%) and English Language secured 79% (National Average 61.4%) meaning the core subjects clearly outperformed national averages.

There is success at individual subject level with 56 students achieving 5 or more A*-A grades. The top 11 students achieved 10 or more A*-A grades: Samuel Whittingham, Lucy Waterman, Callum Salisbury, Bryher Rose, Maxwell Grant-Walker, Robert Fisher, Matthew Fenwick, Matthew Davies, Rebecca Darcy, Olivia Cornwell and Rebecca Andrews.

Students studying vocational subjects achieved a 100% success rate.  

My congratulations go to all the students who have worked so hard over the past two years to achieve these excellent results. My thanks also go to the staff for their dedication and commitment in helping every student to achieve success and to our parents for their continuing support.

 

 

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69% of students at Glenmoor School and 55% of pupils at Winton Arts And Media College achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths.

Within this, Glenmoor School achieved its best ever GCSE results, which climbed a substantial seven percentage points to 69% of students earning at least five A*-Cs including English and maths. Both Academies achieved high 5A*-C results with Winton at 70% and Glenmoor at 76%

Students who stood out included:

Rimesha Hameed, who achieved an excellent 5A*s and 6As
Hiu Man Cheng with 3A*s, 2As and 6Bs
Chengyan Zhang’s 3A*s, 7As and 5B
Louise Eley who earned 1A* and 9As
Amy Cieciura’s 1A* and 9A
Katherine Long with 8As and 3Bs
Declan Wong’s 1A*, 7As and 6Bs
Benjamin Joyner with 1A*, 7As and 4B
Tony Shek’s 2A*, 4A, 4B

Ben Antell, Head of Schools at Glenmoor and Winton, said: “Congratulations to our students and staff on exceeding GCSE expectations for a third consecutive year.  These results will allow our students to progress successfully onto their chosen post-16 courses and there are a number of outstanding sets of grades which warrant particular praise and recognition.”

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From Twynham School: 

"Twynham School celebrates their best ever GCSE results today at a time when there is huge turbulence within the system following numerous warnings from Ofqual.
"Dr Fish, Headteacher, commented: “We are very pleased with the results for all our students we are particularly pleased with the results of our most able students. "A stunning 29 students gained at least eight A*/A grades - an amazing achievement. Congratulations to: Lauren Bailey, Daniel Bell, Jodie Boakes, Sallyanne Caswell, Jackson Crabtree, Stuart Dunsden, Millie Fry, Sophie Heath, Chapman Ho, Maisie Hopkins, Ruby Johnson, Lauren Lett, Charles Longman, Jessie Lutwyche, Georgia Miller, Ryan Mitchell, Harry Nye, Alice Parfett, Ellen Pearce, Niall Pearce, Daniel Riggs, Gil Rubin, Jack Simpkins, Wilf Skinner, Zeke Skinner, James Stephenson, Thomas Warrington, Adam West, and Jack Winship. 
"Over all, a stunning 92% of the students gained A*-C in English and 77% gained A*-C in mathematics meaning that almost 70% of the students gained five or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics.
"In a truly comprehensive school, these are impressive achievements and I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students and to thank their teachers, support staff and parents for enabling them to do so well.”

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Councillor Nicola Greene, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “There is much to celebrate in Bournemouth schools with some outstanding individual results at GCSE. We’d like to congratulate Bournemouth’s young people on their achievements and we wish them the best of luck for the future.”

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Top achievers in the year group at Highcliffe School, with 10 or more A*/A grades are: 

Jasmine Abraham, Rosie Ashley-East, Eleanor Brad, Hannah Brennan, Cristina Cassella-Hall, Matthew Clark-Wheeler, Luis Dibden, Sam Field, Hannah Gilbert, Lucy Keats, Amy Marshall, Kathryn Moses, Hannah Rice, Alice Ritchie, Felice Southwell, Gemma Tandy, Saskia Thorne and Joshua Upton.

10:34am

From Carter Community School, on Blandford Close in Poole: head Robert Davies has told us: "There have been some brilliant, brilliant results this year. Our high achievers have really stood out with some fantastic results, with a particular focus on Science, including the BTEC, GCSE double and GCSE triple courses, which have all had outstanding results. 
"It's just a shame that the English papers seemed to have been a bit tougher this year, with volatile grade boundaries, meaning that some students did not get the grades that they would have liked."

10:34am

A bit of context from PA, especially regarding the English results, which seem to have been the sticking point for some of our schools. 

"The proportion of GCSE exams awarded at least a C grade has risen, official figures show, amid early indications that some schools are seeing turbulence in results this year.
 "The rise in A*-C grades is the first increase in three years, and comes despite massive differences in this year's English and maths results, both of which are considered key subjects.
"In total, 61.7% of English entries scored a C or higher this year, down 1.9 percentage points from last summer.
 This is believed to be the biggest drop in the qualification's history."
  

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At Bournemouth School 95% of students achieved at least five grades A*-C including English and maths.

The number of students achieving at least a C grade in English, Mathematics, two Sciences, a Language and a Humanity (the “EBacc”) continued to be above 80%.

On average students achieved 11.8 A*-C grades at GCSE, with an average points score per entry of 48.7 (equivalent to B grade).

Forty five students attained 10 or more A*/A grades, with nearly two thirds of the year group achieving 5 or more A*/A grades.  The highest achievers were:

Connor Newell (13 A*s and an A* in the ICT short course (a half GCSE equivalent))

Connor Rowlett (13 A*s and an A* in the ICT short course)

Alex Cox (13 A*s and an A in the ICT short course)

Oliver Turner (12 A*s, 1 A and an A* in the ICT short course)

Oliver Rockett (11 A*s, 2 As and an A* in the ICT short course)

Peter Gobbett (11 A*s, 2 As and an A in the ICT short course)

Timothy Nash (11 A*s, 2 As and a B in the ICT short course)

9:48am

There were jubilant scenes at Twynham School this morning too 

 

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We spoke to students at Bournemouth School about their results earlier, here's what they said:

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At Bourne Academy, 57% of students achieved 5 or more grades at A*-C (including English and Maths), with 65% of students achieving at least 5 grades at A*-C. 

Principal Jackie Steel said: "I'm absolutely delighted with these fantastic results.  They are down to the sheer dedication of the staff, and to the brilliant students who have strived for excellence.   These results are proof of what can be achieved with the combination of students, teachers and parents and carers all working together."

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At Magna Academy, 66% of students have achieved A*-C grades in English and Maths.

76% of students achieved an A*-C in English and 70% achieved an A*-C in Maths. Science results have improved from 45% A*-C at Ashdown in 2013 to 91% A*-C.

Principal Richard Tutt said: "I’m very proud of our students, and how hard they have worked to achieve these fantastic results. These results show just how effective our combination of high expectations, high quality teaching and student support have been to make so much impact in such a short space of time."

9:13am

Once again the highest standards are maintained at Highcliffe School. The school is reporting a sharp rise in the examination results this year.

  • 73% of students gained 5 or more good GCSE grades (*A – C grades)
  • 68% of students gained 5 or more good GCSE grades (*A -- C grades) including English and Mathematics
  • 31 students gained 8 or more A* or A grades.

This represents a year on year trend of excellent examination results.

Three quarters of students at Highcliffe achieved 5 or more *A – C GCSE grades. Most achieve 8 or more of these very high grades.

Headteacher Judith Potts said: "Congratulations to our students. I am delighted with these results as they show a continued increase over a number of years and maintain our position as a high achieving school. These GCSE results complement the outstanding A level results that we achieved last week. A level courses in the Sixth Form are already very full."


 

 

9:09am

And here's some video footage of students opening their results at BSG a little earlier on. How many of you remember getting your results?

9:06am

At Bournemouth School for Girls 100 per cent of pupils gained the national benchmark standard with 65 per cent of all grades at A* or A.

Almost three quarters of pupils gained at least five A* or A grades and 37 pupils got 10 or more A* and A grades.

Head Alistair Brien said: “I am absolutely delighted with these results which are testament to the girls' hard work.”

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Ofqual says there is likely to be "variability" in grades at a school level this summer due to the significant changes to exams.

From PA's piece on the exams: 

"A move to end-of-course exams, more students taking international GCSEs (IGCSE), cuts to re-sits, a toughening up of GCSE geography, and a decision by Government that only a pupil's first attempt at a GCSE will count in school league tables are all likely to affect this year's results, the regulator said.

"Further changes, such as speaking and listening assessments no longer counting towards a student's overall GCSE English grade and a move towards more exams and less coursework in the subject, could also have an impact."

Prof Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment at Buckingham University, said: "Individual schools are likely to be affected differently according to how much they relied on gaming the old system, so for some there could be sharp shocks in store."

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Here's our preview of what's likely to be the picture today. 

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11:31am Thu 21 Aug 14

bogtrotter says...

I heard that one question in this years' paper was;

Which grade would you like for this exam

a) A
b) B
c) C
d) D

Surely not?
I heard that one question in this years' paper was; Which grade would you like for this exam a) A b) B c) C d) D Surely not? bogtrotter
  • Score: -7

2:06pm Thu 21 Aug 14

The Liberal says...

bogtrotter wrote:
I heard that one question in this years' paper was;

Which grade would you like for this exam

a) A
b) B
c) C
d) D

Surely not?
So, you got a D then?
[quote][p][bold]bogtrotter[/bold] wrote: I heard that one question in this years' paper was; Which grade would you like for this exam a) A b) B c) C d) D Surely not?[/p][/quote]So, you got a D then? The Liberal
  • Score: 2

2:36pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Bohochic72 says...

Nice to see those failing English can get a job at the Echo. Liver comments? Is that related to the lifestyle these "journalists" pertain to?
Nice to see those failing English can get a job at the Echo. Liver comments? Is that related to the lifestyle these "journalists" pertain to? Bohochic72
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Branksome Boy says...

I take it that The Echo wasn't invited to Rossmore oops St Aldhelms Academy for their results ???
I take it that The Echo wasn't invited to Rossmore oops St Aldhelms Academy for their results ??? Branksome Boy
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