Sandbach School GCSE Summary 2017
Congratulations to last year’s Year 11 on another great set of GCSE results.
Students, parents, staff and governors are celebrating an amazing set of GCSE examination results at Sandbach School. In the new, more demanding English and Maths GCSEs, 80% of students achieved a pass in English and 87% in Maths. This fantastic achievement was complemented by significant successes from our most able students. A whopping 8% of the cohort achieved a Grade 9 (more challenging than the old A*) in both English and Maths which compares very favourably against the national expectation of just 2% for English and 3% for Maths. 75% of students achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths, representing a fantastic achievement by the young men of Sandbach.
Subjects securing an incredible A*-C pass rate of above 80% included; Geography, Computing, Drama, Art, Music, German and P.E. , demonstrating the strength and breadth of the curriculum available to students at Sandbach School. Whilst Science, a growing strength within the curriculum, achieved 75% of students gaining 2 A*-C passes. Geography secured a stunning 41% A*/A grades within their cohort and GCSE PE 47% A*/A, complementing the broad extracurricular offer at Sandbach.
School Performance 2017
|Measure||School Score||Local Authority Average||England Average|
|‘Progress 8′ score||+0.06||This score is average (about 40% of schools in England)|
|‘Attainment 8’ score||52.6||48.7||44.2|
|Grade 5 or above in English & maths GCSE||57%||46.5%||39.1%|
|Achieving EBacc at grade 5/C or above||20%||19.7%||19.5%|
|Pupils ‘entering for’ the ‘English Baccalaureate’||31%||32.7%||34.9%|
|Pupil destinations – pupils staying in education or going into employment*||99%||95%||94%|
*This shows the number of pupils who either stayed in education or went into employment after finishing key stage 4 (after year 11, usually aged 16). This is for pupils who finished year 11 in 2015, which is the most recent data currently available. This figure covers any sustained education or employment destination.
Sandbach School A Level Summary 2017
In the first year of linear A-level examinations, for some subjects, Sandbach School is celebrating the impressive achievements of students and departments. The strong performance across the board has culminated in a pass rate of 99.5% with over 20% of papers graded A*/A.
Headteacher Sarah Burns said she was delighted with them. “We’re thrilled to see so many of our students gain the grades that they deserve. The strong partnerships between staff and students and hours of hard work have paid off resulting in outstanding levels of achievement’
Individual successes are many and varied. Filip Labecki is an incredible mathematician who achieved A*, A*, A, A to take up his place at Cambridge University. Jay Mayer, who has been an integral part of the performing arts technical team, achieved A*, A*, A and has taken up a prestigious place at the Rose Bruford College, London’s International Drama School to study Creative Lighting. Outgoing Head Boy, Will Bloor, achieved four As to enable him to continue his studies at Durham University. His high profile role at both school and within the community has prepared him well to read philosophy, politics and economics.
Another high performer who has had to overcome tremendous adversity has done incredibly well. Josh Betteley was involved in a horrific car accident just before Christmas and with a few months to go specialists gave him little chance of sitting his examinations this year. Josh showed amazing resilience and determination to sit his exams, gaining A, B, B, B. At the time of writing he is finalising his choice of course at a Russell Group university. Prior to the accident Josh was an elite athlete; it was so moving to see him take part in sports day in June and to know that he is continuing to pursue his love of running.
Other notable performances have come from Lauren McCarthy, who achieved A*, A, B and will be reading Geography at Liverpool, Ollie Dernie A, A, A, B who will be reading Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at Leeds, Owen Procter A*, A, B who will be reading Law at Leeds, Robyn Downie A, A, A who will be reading Psychology at Birmingham, Matt Reel A*, A, B who will be reading Maths at Durham, James Green A, A, B, who will be reading Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham and Olivia Simon A, A, B who will be reading Engineering at Sheffield.
At the time of writing 96% of students who applied for university have gained their first or second choice places with a third going to top universities.
Outstanding levels of achievement were gained in Further Maths where 75% gained A*/A and in Maths with 41% gaining A*/A. English too gained phenomenal results with 40% A*/A and 80% A*/B. 30 subjects had 100% pass rate. Art and Art Graphics also gained 90% and 100% respectively at A* – C, Business 85%, Drama and Theatre Studies 80*, Government and Politics 89%, History 90%, Music 100% and PE 82%.
Vocational subjects remain a strength of the school. In Music Technology 100% of students achieved D* (Distinction) whilst in the Level 3 BTEC Sport course all students also achieved outstanding results. 79% of the 13 entries achieved the equivalent of A*-A across their units. Nine students, Lewis Barker, Cameron Beech, Ross Clayton, Callum Darlington, Frederic Dobberson, Luke Foxall, Joseph Jones, Jordan Ravenscroft and Jordan Sealey achieved the highest grades possible, D*, D*, D* which places them amongst the highest performing students in the school. In addition Henry Baker and Alex Fitton achieved D*, D, *D. All of these students have represented the school at a range of sports including rugby, football, cricket, hockey, swimming and athletics. Cameron, Frederic, Jordan Ravenscroft and Alex have just returned from the school’s highly successful rugby and hockey tour to Vancouver in Canada where they played some fantastic sport against some of British Columbia’s best teams; a great way to end their school careers.
We wish all of our students the very best as they embark upon the next stage of their lives.
School Performance Tables published by the Department for Education can be found HERE.