GCSE Results 2017

Students and staff at Raynes Park High School are today celebrating their GCSE results, marking another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for the students. 62% of Year 11 students achieved secure GCSE passes (A* - C equivalent) in English and Maths, with English achieving a 73% pass rate and Maths achieving a 70% pass rate. These results reflect a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment from students and staff, maintaining the trend of improved performance in several subject areas. These results are particularly pleasing in the first year of the reformed GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths. With the abolition of coursework and controlled assessments, these GCSE examinations are more demanding and there is also a different assessment mechanism.

There were some standout individual performances, with Viktor Mora, Dardan Musliu and Ayyan Syed achieving the coveted Grade 9 in Maths, equivalent to what would have been an A**. The Grade 9 is only awarded to the very top percentage of students across the UK, so Donell Brennan was thrilled to be awarded a Grade 9 in English Literature, giving him a total of 7 A-A* grades. Ajfar Choudhury’s hard work paid off, achieving 10 A-A* grades and Elisha Arjoon opened her envelope to find 7 A-A* grades.

Headteacher Mrs Heard congratulated students on their individual achievements, as well as the staff for the school’s overall success;

“Although the students and staff have had to cope with a great many changes, we are delighted that the extremely high results for a wide range of students have been maintained and we are very proud of the achievements of our students. The students have shown exceptional commitment to their studies and I am pleased to see that their hard work has been rewarded. I would also like to thank our dedicated staff and our parents and carers for their on-going support, particularly throughout the exam season”.

The school has seen a year-on-year improvement in examination results but it is not complacent and will seek to build on this achievement. There are a number of factors that have contributed to these results of which the hard work of the students themselves, the on-going support of their parents and carers and the dedication of the staff are the most significant.  The school has also used a robust system of target setting whereby students are given a clear indication at the start of their GCSE courses as to the results they are expected to achieve and they are also routinely challenged to exceed these targets. Regular monitoring also enabled staff to provide encouragement throughout whilst providing additional support for those students who were at risk of underachieving.

“We are thrilled that these results have enabled our students to go on to study the subjects of their choice Post 16,” said Ms Heard, Headteacher. “Many Year 11s have opted to stay on at our successful Sixth Form, where a third of students achieved A*-A grades this summer. They have been an amazing cohort and we wish all of our students the very best for the future”.