26 August 2016
St Mary Magdalene has yet again produced excellent examination results at GCSE. Record numbers have achieved the government’s new English and mathematics measure with 77% achieving that at A*-C grade. Impressively, the figure for 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is also 77%. This against a backdrop of a truly comprehensive intake at age 11 and a downward national trend in results.
Individual subject areas have all done extremely well. Seven subject areas achieved 100% A*-C grades: biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, French, Mandarin and ICT. This shows that our British Council International School status and celebration of languages and global culture has an impact on curriculum success, but also that our science department is booming.
Subjects achieving over 80% included the core: mathematics (87% A*-C), English language (80% A*-C) and English literature (98% A*-C). The long term focus on a love of reading and a ‘growth mindset’ in mathematics is doubtless having an impact there.
As a church school with a humanities specialism, the results for religious studies (96% A*-C), geography (80% A*-C), history (75% A*-C), sociology (77% A*-C) and business and economics (78% A*-C) are very pleasing and, as with the other departments, reflect the strong and stable leadership provided by the Heads of Department and incredible hard work and determination from the pupils.
The school’s creative and kinaesthetic areas also continue to flourish with drama achieving 80% A*-C and PE 79.3% A*-C. The impact of the Music in Secondary Schools Trust’s commitment to provide an instrument and tuition for every child is significant. Music achieved 83% A*-C this year.
Headteacher Vicky Linsley said: ‘Yesterday was a wonderful day, first and foremost for the students. Irrespective of the government’s changing headline figures, the students need at least 5 A*-C with English and mathematics to get onto a higher level course. That’s what we want for all our students and to have so many achieve it is brilliant. “Happy, successful children” has long been my mantra, and seeing so many smiling faces in the hall yesterday showed that hard work in a supportive environment such as ours really does pay off.’
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