GCSE joy at KEVI

Morpeth King Edward VI School Headteacher Simon Taylor and Head of Year 11 Adele Richardson.
Morpeth King Edward VI School Headteacher Simon Taylor and Head of Year 11 Adele Richardson.

Results for GCSEs have held up at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School, despite major changes to the qualifications.

This year, modular exams have been removed and there is no course work to count towards the results, while in English the speaking and listening assessments were scrapped half way through the course.

However, almost three-quarters of the Year 11 pupils at the school, 74 per cent, still achieved at least five A* to C grades, including maths and English.

It is just one per cent down on last year’s results and should match it by the time re-marking is taken into account.

A total of 80 per cent of the school’s entrants achieved five or more A* to C grades generally, and there was a 100 per cent pass rate for grades A* to G.

Of the high achievers, 29 pupils gained nine or more A* or A grades, and 20 got all A* or As.

Headteacher Simon Taylor said: “We are almost equal to the results last year so we are really pleased.

“There are indications in the national picture that there are some issues with English, but our English results have held up really well.

“This particular year group have done very well given that there have been significant changes to the exams. It is also difficult for teachers when they start a course with one set of rules and find mid-course that it has been changed so I’m really pleased that our results haven’t been adversely affected by that.

“It is difficult to measure performance against previous years because the assessment system has been different for this cohort, but the year group has done very well and I’m really pleased for the staff.

“Until we see the league tables, which are months away, we won’t know exactly how well the results are in relation to other schools, but we should perform well.”

Mr Taylor said the vast majority of the pupils will go on to the school’s sixth form, but help is available for those choosing a different path.

“We are expecting our largest ever sixth form from this cohort, but there will be students who choose to leave us and do college courses and we have given a lot of support and careers advice for that.

“We will also work with any youngsters who are disappointed with their results and haven’t got the required marks for what they wanted to do, and over the next couple of days we will talk to them about course options. There is a course out there for everybody, but it might not necessarily be in the school or college sector.”

Head of Year Adele Richardson was delighted with the results.

She said: “I think the pupils have performed outstandingly. It has been a really hard-working year group and the pupils deserve the results they have got.

“The students now have an opportunity to follow that up with further study, whether at King Edward’s or outside of the school.”