Staff and students at Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again celebrating a strong set of GCSE results
Staff and students at Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again celebrating a strong set of GCSE results. With the recent introduction of many new GCSE courses, graded at 9-1 for the first time, in almost every subject it has been a tough year for students, staff and parents, providing new challenges for all involved.
This success builds on the very positive visit from Ofsted in June, where Buckler’s Mead Academy retained its overall rating of Good in all areas. The report praised the way staff are ‘Always looking to improve the outcomes for pupils’, noting the passion and confidence of the academy’s leadership, as well as making reference to the hard work of staff to ensure an inclusive ethos which provides students with the support and opportunities they require. The improvements in teaching, friendly atmosphere, and how students at the academy feel safe and well cared for were also recognised.
Once again exam results have brought much to celebrate. Top performers in the Academy in terms of their attainment are:
All of whom secured a range of fantastic grades, including a number of GCSEs at the new Grade 8 and 9.
With the Department for Education putting a strong emphasis on the progress a student makes from Primary School to the end of Secondary School, the students who made the most progress over this period of time are:
All of whom achieved an average of at least one GCSE grade higher in each subject than they were expected to achieve based on their KS2 results.
Buckler’s Mead Academy is an inclusive academy which constantly seeks to give every student the best opportunities to fulfil their potential and achieve, both academically and personally. Students, staff and parents have worked hard over the five years and in particular in the last few months of exams to achieve these fantastic results. We all know teenage years are not easy and include a number of challenges, so these successes should be celebrated as far and wide as possible.
The Headteacher, Mrs Sara Gorrod, commented: “Students face increasing demands under the new exams requirements, not only with a new grading system but in taking more exams with more content that has been made harder. Many subjects now only have one tier of entry, meaning Grade 9 – 1 students have to read and tackle the same exam material and questions. This all potentially puts everyone under more pressure, including parents who are supporting their sons/daughters. At Buckler’s Mead Academy we are extremely proud of the combined efforts that have gone in to give the students the best chance of success in these exams and their life chances moving forward.
We wish our students but also all young people in the area the very best for the future and hope that their exam results are the next step towards a happy and successful future.”