Town's high school delighted with results

This year has seen a significant jump in GCSE attainment at Morpeth's high school.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 18:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 18:20 pm
Jemima Rawlinson. Picture by Lewis Jackson.

King Edward VI School, part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, has an overall GCSE per pupil attainment figure of 54.6 for 2018, up from a score per pupil of 52.5 last year.

The percentage of students achieving five or more level 4+ equivalents, including English and maths, is 80.5 per cent.

Head of school Mark Simpson said: “It’s a testament to our Year 11’s brilliantly positive attitudes, determination and hard work that we’ve achieved these outstanding results.

“It means that our key figure for Progress 8, which shows us how well students of all abilities have progressed, will also be significantly higher year-on-year.

“I’d like to congratulate all of Year 11 students and staff for a fantastic set of results.”

The vast majority of GCSEs have now changed from letter grades to numeric levels ranging from 9 as the highest to 1, so a 4 is equivalent to a grade C.

The star KEVI students this year include Jemima Rawlinson. She achieved six 9 grades and four 8s.

“I was very nervous this morning, so I was relieved to be able to find out how I’d done and I’m really pleased with my results,” she said.

“I did better than expected in English language and music and I thought I failed one or two of my biology exams, so I’m amazed that I managed to get a 9 for that subject.”

Jemima will be returning to KEVI to study biology, chemistry and history. She will then be looking to do a degree in midwifery at a university.

Clare Savage, who takes up the headteacher position at the high school from September, said: “I’m so pleased that the school continues to go from strength to strength.

“This is a brilliant achievement, especially given that this year saw new courses for nearly all GCSE subjects, as well as a new grading system.

“I’d like to thank staff on behalf of students for all the support they’ve given.”

Bryan Stewart, deputy headteacher at KEVI, added: “This was a fantastic year group with a really positive work ethic.

“The students fully deserve these outstanding results and I wish them the very best for their next steps in their educational journeys.”

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