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Whitehaven Academy students celebrate GCSE results day

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Students at the Whitehaven Academy celebrated today as they collected their GCSE results. The academy is on a rapid improvement journey which has seen a very successful Section 8 monitoring report and 100% of A-level students obtaining a pass in summer 2017.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new Grade 9 – 1 GCSEs in English and maths for the first time. Under the new grading system Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The intention of the new system is to provide more differentiation, particularly among higher achieving pupils. As the grades do not map across to the A* – G format this means comparison with previous years cannot be made immediately.

At Whitehaven Academy staff worked incredibly hard to prepare students for the new examinations and the school has seen some extremely positive results from its individual students and subjects. This includes the sciences where 87% of students gained an A* – C in biology and 65% in chemistry. A number of individual students also achieved particularly well, with several students gaining A* grades or a grade 8 or above in maths and English.

Students who gained exceptional results include Ben Walkingshaw who achieved an outstanding grade 9 result in maths, with students Nimah Ross and Alex Sharpe also achieving an exceptional grade 8 in the subject. Callum Garrs also performed particularly well gaining a grade 8 in English.

Warren Turner, Principal at Whitehaven Academy commented on the results, “We are pleased to see a number of our students perform exceptionally well with many overcoming a number of barriers to achieve above what they were predicted. These results are part of our rapidly improving journey to become an outstanding academy and this is also reflected in our highly successful A-level results and our Ofsted Section 8 report. We will work at pace to build on these successes in future and  are well on our way to ensuring that Whitehaven Academy becomes the outstanding school of choice for the local community.”

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