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Beacon Academy achieve their best ever GCSE results

Following on from last week’s exceptional A Level results, Beacon Academy in Crowborough are delighted to announce that they have replicated these outstanding outcomes with their best ever GCSE results to date despite the significant decline nationally.

Beacon-GCSE-Results-2016-laStudents have surpassed their predicted outcomes and have achieved over 77% for combined English and mathematics.   This is an increase of over 9% on last year.   Mathematics achieved their highest ever A*- C with 81%, an increase of 5% on last year and English sustained their exceptional track record achieving 80% A*- C.

Beacon have also achieved their highest ever results for students getting five or more A* – C (including English and mathematics) at over 72%.  These results are more than 12% better than those of last year. Headteacher Anna Robinson said:

I am absolutely delighted and immensely proud of our inspirational students once again.  It has been an incredible journey for them all and these results are a real testament to their dedication and hard work.  There has been a colossal team effort from the staff and students alongside infinite support from their parents/carers throughout the academic year to ensure that all of our Year 11’s had the best possible opportunities and were in a prime position to achieve the very best outcomes for their futures.

These exceptional results – which will be widely celebrated – are a complete reflection of everyone’s utter determination and belief in one another combined with our unrelenting ambition, resilience and desire to succeed and achieve excellence in all we do at Beacon Academy.

Nationally GCSE results are down to the lowest level since 2008.  In England, the proportion of A* to C grades fell from 68.8% last year to 66.6%.  This has been blamed on more pupils being required to resit English and maths. Nationally girls continue to outperform boys.

BBC South East were at Beacon Academy this morning to see Crowborough students getting their results:

In both English and Mathematics over 26% of Beacon’s students achieved either an A* or A grade.  This is an increase of 9% for English and just over 6% for mathematics.  Almost 60% of students achieved either an A*, A or B grade in mathematics.

The number of students achieving more than expected levels of progress (4 levels) has also significantly increased by over 12% for mathematics and 3% for English to 54% and 43% respectively.

Beacon have also had exceptional subject performances from Modern Foreign Languages who achieved 97% A* – C combined; 98% A* – C for German and 95% A* – C for French.  Business Studies, Biology and Physics all achieved over 90% A * – C grades and RE and Chemistry achieved over 80% A*- C grades.

It is always difficult to single out individual students, especially in such an exceptional year, however the school would like to congratulate our highest performing boys and girls this year – they all achieved between six and 11 of the Top A*/A grades:

Madison Baldwin 11 Ben Coda 10
Tilly Jones 11 Jack Newman 10
Molly Deer 10 Perry Petracopoulos 10
Grace Milsom 10 Billy Cockell 9
Catrin Golley 9 Michael Davidson 9
Emily Prince 9 James McCarthy 9
Ruby-Mae Race 9 Thomas Field 8
Iris Williams 9 Jack Bowen 7
Julia Holmwood 8 Max Guiton 7

Beacon are also delighted to report that they have achieved our best ever A*/A grade total of 22% – once again despite a decline with these grades nationally.  This is an 8% increase on 2015.

In addition, they have achieved their best ever English Baccalaureate (EBACC) results. This is the combined qualification of English, Mathematics, two Sciences, a language and a humanity. The results currently sit at 40%, an increase of over 11%.

This will be the last year before a phased introduction of how GCSE exams are graded in England and how school performance is measured. A revised set of GCSE exams are going to be graded by numbers – from 9 down to 1 – rather than the current letter-based system.

Click on the following link to see details of this year’s A Level results.

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