Beacon Academy students continue to excel in new, tougher GCSEs


Beacon Academy have said they are delighted with their GCSE results and immensely proud of their student’s performance, despite changes to make the qualifications more challenging.

Aaron Sheppard & Jed Law

In English language, 83% of students at Beacon Academy achieved grades 9-4 (the Government’s new Standard Pass, equivalent to the old grades A*- C).  In mathematics, 78% of students achieved grades 9-4.

Following the introduction of the numerical grading system last year for English language, English literature and mathematics, now the most popular GCSE subjects in England have been graded from 9 to 1 for the first time.  About 90% of entries in England this year were in the tougher form of GCSE, with more difficult content and mostly marked on final exams, rather than coursework.  All subjects taught at Beacon Academy, apart from Sociology and Product Design are now graded on the numerical scale.  Students in Wales and Northern Ireland continue to get their results graded from A* to G.  The new Grade 9 is reserved for the very highest performing students – with only about 4.5% of entries nationally receiving the top grade, fewer than A*’s in the old system.

Twenty students at Beacon achieved one or more of the new Grade 9s, with Louis Kemp receiving six of the top grades and Isobel Holmwood the only student at Beacon to secure Grade 9’s in both maths and English language:

Ms Anna Robinson Headteacher with Isobel Holmwood & Louis Kemp

Headteacher, Anna Robinson congratulated the year group on their successes and results on behalf of all staff and trustees at the Academy:

As ever, I am absolutely delighted and immensely proud of our inspirational students – we could not have hoped for a better set of results for our outgoing Year 11s.  It has been an incredible journey for them all and these results are a real testament to their dedication and hard work.  Once again there has been an immense team effort from the staff and students alongside immeasurable support from their parents and carers throughout the academic year to ensure that all of our Year 11s have had the best possible opportunities, putting them in a prime position to achieve the very best outcomes for their futures.

These exceptional results for our students – which will be widely celebrated throughout our school community – are a complete reflection of everyone’s dedication, utter determination and shared belief in one another, and in the potential of each and every student, combined with our unrelenting ambition, resilience and desire to succeed and achieve excellence in all we do at Beacon Academy.

In English language, 32% of the whole year group achieved the very top grades of 9-7 (the old A* – A). In maths, a quarter of the whole year group achieved grades 9-7 (the old A*- A).

Some of the notable subject performances this year include Biology and Physics both of which achieved 100% 9-4 grades, with Chemistry 98%.  Music GCSE achieved 100% 9-4 grades.  Modern Foreign Languages performed tremendously well with German 98% and French 91%.  Other top performing subjects included Drama with 89% 9-4 grades, Art & Design with 83% and Art Photography with 80%.  Vocational qualifications, Level 2 V Certs in Business Studies, Dance and Health and Fitness and their Level 2 TLM IT qualification all also achieved 100% 9-4 grades.

Across all subjects in England there was a 0.5% rise on last year in the proportion of students gaining a grade 9-4 (or A*-C) to 66.6%, with improvements among both boys and girls.  The proportion for South East England was higher at 69.6%.  As long as teenagers are in full-time education in England, they must retake English and maths until they get at least a Grade 4 (Standard Pass).  For breakdowns by subject, age and home nation download the document by the Joint Council for Qualifications: GSCE Results Summer 2018.

For more information and photos see the school’s website:  Beacon Academy GCSE Results 2018.



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