BUCKLER’S Mead Academy students are celebrating after exceptional English iGCSE exam results as the unique school in Yeovil to enter their entire Year 11.
The fast-improving academy had a range of stunning success stories across the whole year, both in terms of actual achievement, with 71 per cent gaining an A* to C, and also of ‘levels of progress’ made by students.
Student Olivia Rieppa gained an A* six months early, while a whole host of students achieved an A, and a third of the Year gained a phenomenal FOUR levels of progress, well above the Government’s expected level.
Buckler’s Mead Academy was the only school locally to enter the entire Year 11 for an early entry GCSE and one of just a few per cent nationally.
Many schools have stopped putting students in early as it will affect their exam league table positions. The Government now only take a student’s first GCSE result in their official league table data.
Headteacher Sara Gorrod said: “We are so proud of all our students. We continue to recognise that students benefit from gaining GCSE qualifications throughout their final year, building momentum for the terminal exams. With this in mind we entered all of our Year 11 students for an early entry English GCSE. They all did amazingly. This demonstrates the fantastic progress that our students are making.”