A nail-biting wait for this year's GCSE results came to an end today Thursday, 25th August, with students at Oaklands Catholic School, receiving news that would shape their future.
The school is delighted to report a very successful year’s GCSE results. 71 % of students at the school achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths this was a fantastic result from a comprehensive intake of students. The school will again rank in the top 10 across Hampshire for Ebacc, recognised as the more challenging set of qualifications.
100% of all students gained GCSE passes. A large number of students from the year group would now be going on to study A levels within the school sixth form.
There were a large number of outstanding result with many students achieving 11 0r 12 Grade As or A*.
Mr Quinn Headteacher said, “ The national picture confirms a fall in performance as the difficulty of these exams is ratcheted and grade boundaries move. I am therefore delighted that we have maintained our position this year compared with last. There are so many students of all abilities who have achieved their full potential. The approach of the school over a number of years has been to ensure that all pupils take a broad and balanced curriculum with GCSE exams being at the core of this. There are a number of factors that have contributed to our success, the hard work of the students themselves, the support of their parents and the skill and dedication of our teachers are the most significant.”
These excellent results demonstrate the effectiveness of high quality teaching coupled with strong management systems and team work. Oaklands has achieved a consistently high standard of examination results despite the turbulence in the examination system.
Mr Quinn went on to say, “I do not want to take anything away from their success, year on year students work harder and harder. However, we must realise that the system is in flux and we are seeing a national re-calibration of examination performance. This is the last year where some of the equivalent qualifications will count. Next year the playing field will be levelled improving the validity of comparisons.