Hard Work Pays off for GCSE Students

There were celebrations at the Academy this morning as students opened their GCSE results.

Hard work and dedication paid off for many as they found they had exceeded their expectations.

Both staff and students rose to the challenge of the new tougher exams and grading system, that is one of the biggest shake-ups in secondary education since the end of the O-level.

Star performances include two students who were among the first to score the new top 9 grade in maths that replaces the old A*.

Edward Binns gained four A*, two 9s, two As and two 8s. These included a 9 in maths, which required a score of at least 79% and was achieved in just 3.5% of papers.

Under this system, an A is equivalent to a 7 while a C is at the bottom of a grade 4.

He said: “I’m really pleased, especially to get my 9 in maths. I just told my gran and she started crying on the phone.”

Lewis Barnes was also delighted to achieve the coveted 9 in maths, along with straight As in science. He now plans to study maths, chemistry and economics A levels at JBVI en route to a career in finance.

He said: “I was really pleased and I did better than I expected. I enjoy maths so am looking forward to carrying this on in sixth form.”

Staff were on hand throughout the day to offer support and advice as students prepare to take their next steps into either further study or employment.

As well as continuing with A levels and vocational courses at JBVI, which last week recorded its best top level results, students have also gained places on apprenticeships.

Sophie Freathy, who was especially proud of her A in performing arts, will start an apprenticeship with mobile phone provider EE.

Mr Gibson, principal director of the Josephine Butler Secondary Campus, said: “I would like to congratulate students and staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown over the last year and in response to the changes to qualifications and the grading system.

“These exams are tougher than in the past and so the top grades that the students have achieved are all the more impressive.

“Many of our students have made outstanding progress through their time with us at the Academy, not just academically, but also as individuals and we are particularly proud of the achievements of pupils who have overcome a number of challenges to secure brilliant, personal results.

“We wish all our students the best for the future and look forward to welcoming many back in September to continue their journey with us in JBVI.”

A small number of places are still available in the sixth form for courses starting in September. These include new Performing Arts and CCF (Combined Cadet Force) pathways that include additional enrichment activities specially tailored for careers in the arts. and uniformed services.

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