On behalf of all at the school, I offer congratulations to the GCSE cohort of 2017 who have been the first year group to sit the new GCSE courses in maths and English.
The new GCSE structures are summarised here. There are more changes ahead as another suite of subjects move to the new 9-1 system from 2018.
This year at Ormskirk School, 68% of pupils achieved the Grade 4 passes in English and maths, with 41% securing the new Grade 5 ‘strong’ passes. 79% of pupils achieved a 4 or above in English Language, with 72% achieving 4 or above in maths.
There have been some notable individual successes: 33 students achieved 5 or more A grades or equivalent, 21 achieved 7 or more such grades. There were also 13 students who secured nine or more top grades, including a number of the new ‘9’ grades indicating exceptional attainment.
The school is very proud indeed of the pupils whose results are a credit to the enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of pupils and staff alike. I wish all of the pupils every future happiness and success.
I am delighted that the hard work of students and staff has been rewarded with these fantastic results. All at the College are very proud that the determination and effort of the students has seen outstanding achievement, resulting in an average grade per entry of B-. This year we have achieved the highest proportion of A*-B grades ever, with 54% of entries awarded A*-B. Our excellence in applied/vocational courses has also continued, with an average grade of Distinction*- and 75% of entries awarded the highest ‘Dist*’ grade possible. These results further build on the improvements seen in previous years.
These achievements allow our students to follow the path of their choice, whether that be into higher education, apprenticeships or other further training. A significant number of our students will now progress to top universities and we are able to celebrate some exceptional individual performances, such as the achievement of Grace Houghton who secured four A* grades in her A Level studies. We are equally delighted at the strong progress made by a number of students who have thrived in their sixth form studies and exceeded expectations.
We believe that our Sixth Form College provides a wonderful opportunity for students to truly fulfil their potential in a caring and vibrant community and we look forward to more students joining us. We are committed to the view that it is: ‘Your College. Your Future.’ As the students of the 2017 cohort have demonstrated, the future is bright indeed.