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Increase in top grades for students in Year 11 at Whitefield School

Increase in top grades for students in Year 11 at Whitefield School

Posted on: 20/08/2015

Students in Year 11 have outperformed previous years by gaining a massive number of top grade passes with 57 A* grades (an increase of 14 from 2014) and 139 A grades (an increase of 23 from 2014) this year, with these top grade passes making up almost 20% of all grades achieved. The number of B grades has also increased.  Considering the starting point of many of our students, this increase in the top passes is particularly pleasing and demonstrates the remarkable progress all students make at Whitefield School. This has secured the school’s solid 60% 5 A* to C GCSE passes in a year when nationally results have fallen in many subjects. This solid grounding will be a stepping stone as the Year 11 students continue into Whitefield Sixth Form following the wide variety of courses which will lead to many of them securing a place at a top Russell Group University in two year’s time.

Special mention must be made of the following Year 11 students for their outstanding academic results. These results put Whitefield students amongst the highest achieving students in the country: Samar Casaneanu 12 A*/A grades, Hamdani Bin Wan Mohd Azmi 11 A*/A grades, Ilham Ibrahim 10 A*/A Grades, Paria Malekahmadi 10 A*/A and 2 B grades, Lydia Tutton 8 A*/A and 1 B grades, Carlos Tucker 7 A*/A, 2 B’s and 2 C grades, Jade Maher 7 A*/A and 4 B grades, Jericho Mag-Iba 6 A*/A, 3 B and 3 C grades, Chandresh Darbari 6 A*/A, 4 B’s and 1 C grade and Nardiéna Pratama 6 A*/A grades (Year 10 age), Alaya Seoudy 5 A*/A, 2 B’s and 4 C grades.

Subjects which achieved the best overall pass rates across the school include the following: English Literature 82% A*-C  (up from 53% in 2014); English Language 70% A* - C (up 11% from 2014 and above the national average of 65%, with 87% of our students making expected progress in English, up 12% from 75% in 2014); 100% A*-C in Spanish and French; 96% A*-C in Physical Education; 93% Triple Science; 89% A*-C in GCSE ICT; and 70% A*-C in English Language. Many subjects (such as Media Studies, Art, Product Design, Textiles, Geography) have seen big increases in the percentage A* - C passes from previous years. 

The flexibility offered for students at Whitefield to study for a qualification for an extra GCSE and even A Level subject in their home language is a unique strength of the school. The A*/A/B pass rate for Community Languages GCSEs is an impressive 95% and many students have achieved a high A Level pass in a Community Language, many as much as three years early.

Whitefield offers a new, unique Key Stage 4 curriculum which allows students to take some optional GCSEs qualifications early in Years 9 and 10. Results for these early entries have been really pleasing, with many students getting straight A*/A grade passes. Particular success in Year 10 (one year early) include Chandrika Darbari 1 A* and 3 A grades; Alicia Rodrigues Dos Santos 1 A*, 2 A and 2 B grades; Arizona Macani 1 A*, 1 A and 2 B grades; Anosh Samadzadeh 1 A*, A, and 3 B grades; Cathal Gleeson 4 A grades; Abir Hassan 3 A and 1 B grade and Yael Gambong 2 A and 2 B grades.

Outstanding successes in Year 9 (two years early) include Giorgia-Alessia Avadanei 1 A*, 1A and 1 B grade; Bruna Todi 2 A* and 1 B grade; Ella Francien Arends Page 1 A* and 1 B grade; Ryuma Pierfrancesco Rocco 1 A*, 1 A and 1 C grade; Krinal Dhiru 1 A* and 1 A grade; Novilene Gatiw-An 2 A grades; Dylan Raimondi 1 A and 1 B grade;  Anna Morris 1 A and 1 B grade; Malaya Rhiann Edwards-Roberts 1 A and 1 B grade and Temitope Kalejaiye 2 B grades                                                   

Students are well guided and prepared for selecting their options early, supported by our on-site careers adviser. In fact our outstanding careers provision has just been recognised with the award of the National Careers Mark in July 2015.

Getting these GCSE passes in Years 9 and 10 will allow our students to focus on fewer subjects in Year 11 and will lead to increased results in future years.

Headteacher, Elizabeth Rymer said “I am delighted that the hard work so many of our students have put into their studies has paid off with some truly amazing examination results this year. I know that all the staff and Governors of the school will want to say a massive congratulations to all students on their results and join with me in wishing students the best of luck with their next steps within education whether it be at Whitefield, other colleges or abroad.”    

More details of individual students’ successes, whole school totals and particular subject successes will be posted on the website as soon as the final figures and remarks are confirmed.

Desrae Le Roux

Assistant Headteacher (Achievement)